Start your day right with Australian Rower Georgie Rowe's morning stretches.
Georgie Rowe's morning stretching routine
Q: What does healthy living mean to you?
Healthy living to me is pretty simple, its having your mind body and spirit in harmony.
Q: Why do you think it's important to lead a healthy lifetyle?
Healthy lifestyles are different for everyone, but I think it’s important for everyone to find balance. Restrictive diets and intense training regimes may be initially effective, but they aren’t sustainable, trust me, I’ve tried them. My version of a healthy lifestyle revolves around spending time in and around the ocean, with my loved ones, getting active in nature and eating good quality nutrition dense foods. I also believe doing little things each day that make your heart smile and taking some time to yourself are very important... 5 minutes of self-love can make a huge difference in the long run
Q: What's your best healthy food tip?
I love food, I eat everything and anything (Except celery and dill) One helpful tip is when you’re preparing a meal notice the colours. Veggies are colourful so try to eat the rainbow, its easy on the eyes and good for the gut. Don’t beat yourself up about having a few choccies and lollies every now and then and if you feel like having a meat pie on a Saturday for lunch then go for it, just make sure you have moved your body and maybe consider not getting a sausage roll as well. Veggie sticks and hummus is a great snack or rice cakes with avo, cottage cheese and tomato is also a yummy one.
Try to always have some protein in your snacks and as old school as it is, boiled eggs are a beautiful source of all the right nutrients. The better prepared you are the easier it is to make good healthy choices. My final tip would be, don’t leave the house without a water bottle, if the option to walk somewhere presents itself take it and if you can always take the stairs! Eat slowly, move gently and be grateful for the beautiful country we live in with such quality foods.
Hi I'm Georgie Rowe from the Australian Rowing team and I'm just going to go through with you my morning routine to get me nice and limber before training. So usually I start off with a big yawn, stretch my arms over my head and really feel that in your lats. Then I just walk out rock over, stretching the hammy's and then walk out into a bit of a downward dog.
Then I like to do a bit of a stretch in the hips, drop the knee and really open the hip flexors. You can lift your arm up, the opposite arm to the leg which is forward, which really opens that hip. Also a very good one if you're sitting behind a desk all day or in a chair, it's really important to open up your hip flexors. You just hold that for 20 to 30 seconds and then you straighten your leg and rock back into a hamstring stretch.
Really feel that stretch there. If it's too much you can bend your knee and just sit back into it or straighten the knee out. If you want to add on to this you can also bring in your quad and then you get a bit of a quad stretch as well as a hip stretch.
I often like to do this prior to my rolling training and then again just get back into the hammy. Again you can bend the knee if you need to. You can drop your head down get a bit of a stretch down your spine as well. Again holding for 20 to 30 seconds or however long you feel and then just come back up finish off with the downward dog.
Coming back to standing rolling up slowly bit of a big arm yawn and that's it.
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