Our Health and Happiness collection is here to help you be your healthiest, happiest you, with brand new performance activewear and accessories plus bottles and boxes to brighten up food prep. The blog is your Health and Happiness hub, with plenty of food and wellness tips to inspire you, and our latest guest blogger is ex-ballerina and plant-powered foodie Naturally Sassy. We all know the importance of drinking plenty of water and stretching properly after exercise, so Sassy has shared a delicious fruit infusion for your drinks bottle and some simple stretches to loosen up your lower body. Get ready to sip and stretch!
Sassy on hydrating: “As a professionally-trained ballerina and fitness trainer the importance of hydration before, after and during a workout is something I can’t emphasise enough to my clients. Whether you’re upping your workouts or your water consumption, (or both!) make hydration much more appetising with a thirst-quenching infusion of Pineapple, Lemongrass, Cucumber and Mint. This clever cocktail of ingredients not only has a deliciously fresh and fruity flavour but is packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients. I’ve added Manganese-rich Pineapple for its anti-inflammatory effect and circulation-boosting Lemongrass to help relieve sore muscles. Rehydrating Cucumber is rich in vitamins A and C and Mint, known for its digestive benefits, brings all the flavours together beautifully.”
Naturally Sassy’s Pineapple, Lemongrass, Cucumber and Mint Infusion
3-4 chunks fresh pineapple
3 cucumber ribbons (peel cucumber strips using a vegetable peeler, discarding the skin)
Spring of mint
1/2 stalk lemongrass
Fruit Filter Water Bottle
Add all the ingredients to the bottle’s infusion tube. Fill the bottle with filtered water and place the infusion tube in the water. Leave for at least 15 minutes to infuse, then drink up!
Sassy on stretching: “After a workout, always give yourself 10 minutes to stretch, elongate and lengthen your muscles – it’s key to reducing stiffness. I’m sharing four of my favourite post-workout stretches, focusing on the hips, hamstrings and quads.
Hip Flexor Stretch
“Kneel on your left knee and place your hands on your right knee. Engage your core and lift out of your left hip, tucking your pelvis underneath you to increase the stretch. Gently push down on your right leg for stability and start to lean towards your front foot. Keep your pelvis tucked for 30 seconds before coming back to a neutral kneeling position. Repeat five times on each leg.
Extended Hip Flexor Stretch
“To extend your Hip Flexor stretch, carefully reach back with your left hand and grab your left foot, pulling it towards your bum. Stay in this position for 30 seconds before easing off, keeping a gentle hold on your foot in between stretches. Repeat five times for each leg.
“Remaining in a kneeling position, extend your front leg and gently sit back towards your supporting leg. With both hands on the ground, straighten your spine and look straight ahead. From here try to flex your front foot; hold for five seconds, then relax. Repeat ten times for each leg.
“Start with your left leg, as before. Stand on your right foot and hold onto a solid surface with your right hand for support. Bend your left leg at the knee and push your foot towards your bum – you’ll feel the stretch along your quads and hip flexor. Stay in this position for 30 seconds before easing off, keeping a relaxed hold on your foot in between stretches. Repeat five times for each leg.”
With thanks to Naturally Sassy.