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Check out this short video by Brendon Brazier, one of the most well known, most qualified vegan athletes in the world.
Brendon is a former professional Ironman triathlete, a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion, the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called VEGA, and the bestselling author of Thrive. He is also the developer of the acclaimed ZoN Thrive Fitness program and the formulator of the new award-winning, 7-product natural VEGA Sport system.
I credit Brendon Brazier and his range of VEGA products with starting my plant based journey. I pretty much lived off his products in Canada about 7 years ago...couldn't get enough of them. This was when I switched from being a meat eater to being plant based. I was lucky to have his influence for this transition because it really highlighted the difference between how I felt as a meat eater and how I felt as a vegetarian/almost vegan. It was like black and white. I felt SO SO good. So I've never ever looked back...I've never been tempted and never craved anything from my past eating life. When you start getting into eating foods that have a high net gain, packed full of micro-nutrients, the benefits of plants are unrivaled.
Exercise may be as effective as medications in certain types of disease management, according to a new review published this week in the British Medical Journal. The review, which analyzed more than 305 trials with 339,274 participants, compared drug and exercise interventions and found that exercise proved similar to medications for heart disease prevention, heart failure treatment, and diabetes prevention. For those who had suffered a stroke, exercise was more effective than drug treatment. In addition, physical activity often provided patients with fewer side effects and injuries. The authors stress that these data provide health care professionals with a safe and effective alternative for their patients.
Study: Naci H, Ioannidis JPA. Comparative effectiveness of exercise and drug interventions on mortality outcomes: metaepidemiological study. BMJ. Published online October 1, 2013.
In this issue, I talked to the New Zealand Fitness Magazine about shoulder rehab post dislocation.
- words by Anna Cochrane
Earlier this year, after a year off training in other disciplines and in the middle of rehabbing a dislocated shoulder, I started back at crossfit. I’ve found the knowledge from pilates has helped me with my crossfit training a lot. Not to say I don’t have as many "goats" as the next person – I do! But what about pilates can be transferred into your crossfit training? Let’s have a look at just a few of the fundamental principles of pilates and find out.
"Everybody was raving on about your performance at Recovery!!!
You were amazing."
“Anna Cochrane’s aerial dance was a thrilling and daring performance piece which captivated guests as they entered the event. Her costuming and music captured and enhanced the beauty and intensity of her stunning movements. Anna’s piece was a highlight for the audience on the night."
"Anna is a talented and unique artist, her aerial dance is original and promises to deliver an exciting edge to any event. We would love to work with Anna again in the future.”
Anna is the founder and owner of Thrive Pilates in Wellington, NZ.