If you read my last Health feature, you’d know that I’m interested in learning more about incorporating health + fitness into my daily schedule so when I was given the opp to chat with Amy Lee, of Amy Lee Active – I couldn’t wait to chat more about healthy living! Yoga is something I really want to try but I’m so nervous about feeling unco and unflexible, but it’s starting to sound like something that I could really benefit from now…. More details below!
Hi Amy, thanks for chatting with Why Hello Beauty today! I’d love to know how did you find yourself immersed in health + fitness?
Thank you for having me! Well, I always loved nutrition and food when I was in school, but I NEVER liked exercising – I used to fake every illness possible to get out of sport! After I finished school, I realized how unhealthy this was, joined a gym, and dedicated a lot of time to reading, researching and watching a lot of YouTube on all things fitness. I became addicted to the post-workout endorphin rush and all the extra energy I had!
How often do you train/work out? I hear you’re a big fan of yoga, what benefits of yoga do you enjoy most?
I will always make an effort to include a workout as part of my daily ritual; after all, it’s only 2% of your day! My workout regime includes 3-4 days of weight training, and 1-2 days of yoga per week. No matter what type of exercise you do, whether that be running, resistance training, power lifting or crossfit, yoga is essential to the overall recovery and repair of the muscles you have worked out that week. It allows you to stretch and relax, increasing blood flow and oxygen to the worked areas of the body. It’s also wonderfully calming for the body and mind after hustling all day!
I can see why you use Corkleaf yoga mats, they look so luxurious! Why is Corkleaf yoga mat your preferred choice?
I’m actually very passionate about the future sustaintability of our environment, and not only are Corkleaf mats beautiful and luxurious, they’re also 100% made out of natural and recycled cork, with antimicrobial properties. The cork gives the yoga mats a stylish, but functional and surprisingly grippy finish. I love the aesthetic texture of the cork and receive so compliments on it every time I walk into yoga!
What are your thoughts/benefits on choosing a yoga mat like Corkleaf that is made out of natural cork, that’s environmentally friendly and sustainable?
Unlike the vast majority of synthetic yoga mats, one of the things I love most about my Corkleaf mat is that they can be safely returned to the earth, back to where they came from! Not only are you providing health benefits for yourself, you’re helping the environment, too. The innovative cork processing requires NO trees to be cut down. With every cork yoga mat purchased, a tree is planted, as part of Corkleaf’s dedication to the Plant-A-Tree Carbon Neutral Initiative.
What do you think about Corkleaf’s mission to plant 1,000,000 trees with their ‘One Mat, One Tree Planted’ cause?
Environmental sustainability is not a choice, but a necessity, and it’s important we support organisations that value the earth we ALL live in. It’s not about becoming a tree-hugging extremist activist, it’s about everyone doing their part for the planet, and it’s as simple as making the right consumer choices. Australia is one of the highest producers of waste per person in the world, and we can only reduce this by working together. 1,000,000 may seem like a big number, but if everyone makes a small effort to reduce, reuse and recycle, that is already a huge progression into a more viable future.
What’s one healthy thing my readers can incorporate into their life today?
Most people in this day and age are guilty of staring into their screens, stressed, and often with a slouched posture – no matter how busy you are, make sure you give your mind and body a short bust of rest and recuperation by going outside, closing your eyes, straightening your posture, and inhaling a big breath and fresh air. You’ll feel instantly energized, even if it’s just for 30 seconds!
Thanks Amy for chatting with me and here’s to a happy and healthy week gorgeous! You can find Amy’s website here if you’d like to learn more about this gorgeous gal!