Rachel Grunwell smiling while doing Yoga

Workplace Wellness Works

Rachel Grunwell smiling while doing Yoga

Are you in a workplace that has an ambulance-at-the-bottom-of-the-cliff style wellbeing strategy? You know, an organisation that only has counsellors at hand to deal with the most catastrophic events when things are already a mess…

Or does your workplace care about trying to uplift your wellbeing so you are more balanced and resilient if your stress-levels tip over the edge?

If you work for a smart company, they’ll understand that workplace wellbeing strategies are smart. If employees are healthy and happy, then this can increase productivity, more engagement, result in fewer sick days and help staff retention rates. So, a good organisation that treats people well has a better chance of holding onto good employees for longer….

These are just “some” of the many benefits of caring about staff.  There are so many cool strategies too on how to help staff to uplift their wellbeing.

Since the launch of my book Balance: Food, Health + Happiness, I’ve been doing lots of speaking events in front of corporates. I share science-backed wellness ideas and strategies from the 30 diverse global experts from my book – as well as advice I use when coaching clients. Recently I spoke in front of workers at the Trustpower building in Tauranga doing just that. I was in front of hundreds of staff at a bank too in Auckland. That talk got live streamed to staff nationwide. Soo too, I’ll be in front of a room full of business leaders sharing the same messages…

Workplace wellness speaking has fast become one of my favourite things I do now through my wellness work framework.

The mission of my business InspiredHealth is to inspire Kiwis to live healthier and happier through science-backed strategies. This is the same mission for my book also.

So, talking in a workplace means I can potentially help to propel a whole organisation forwards and working happier and “smarter”. Even if only one person in the room is inspired to make healthier changes… then there’s magic in that. That one person is someone’s sibling, parent, relative or friend. They’re loved and so important. Actually, one of the people who bought my book from a recent workplace wellness talk actually took me aside at the end and asked advice to help their partner. So even if I help or inspire a partner of someone in the room at one of my talks… that’s heart-lifting. There’s a ripple effect in helping others. It starts with one person. Then they inspire others. And it continues on…

Profile Picture of Rachel Grunwell sitting in the forest

Rachel Grunwell is a wellness expert and award-winning writer. She’s a coach, yoga + mindfulness teacher. She writes the wellness column for Good magazine and Indulge magazine. She co-leads the Mindful Moments retreats too at Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa.

Yoga Girl to CrossFit Addict…

Yoga-Girl to CrossFit Addict…

About two years ago I joined the CrossFit Newmarket gym in Auckland with the intention of turning up twice weekly to purely strengthen my running. I wanted to strengthen my legs to power myself up the hills faster. I was also curious about CrossFit because I teach yoga at the CrossFitNZ premises (and I love working with athletes on re-balancing their bodies and minds).

Fast forward to today… and I’m doing CrossFit five times weekly. I’m doing more CrossFit more than actual running. It’s a classic case of getting the CrossFit addiction! I dig feeling stronger. The cross-training has also been a great way to underpin my running. I don’t do three-hour training runs for marathons anymore. Nah, mostly shorter runs with intensity and blending that with CrossFit and yin-style yoga. Below are some cool tools and gear I use in my training. I can now double under skip (whoop!!) and deadlift 95kg by the way. These are just two skills I’ve been working on. And if this mum can, you can too….

Reebok PureMove Bra. Did you know that bra is made of the same materials as NASA uses in its space suits? It’s also on the TIME’s best invention list.
Reebok PureMove Bra, shorts and Nano 9 kicks. Check it out the cool new Reebok gear on their website Reebok website.

CrossFit/Yoga… I love the power of play….

CrossFit Nano 9s – love these #gifted kicks. Foam roller and ball = great recovery tools. I recommend using them – and also doing yoga, of course!

  • Blog by Rachel Grunwell: Award-winning journalist, wellness columnist for 2 magazines, author of the book Balance: Food, Health + Happiness. Qualified coach & yoga/meditation teacher. Wellness speaker.

Cheers to Low Beers

Cheers to Low Beers

By Rachel Grunwell

Conscious consumers are increasingly choosing low carb and low/no alcohol beer products in New Zealand, says the head honcho of a big brewery. And the owner of the New World Mt Roskill supermarket says he has noticed the trend in store too.

By the way, it’s not just chicks who want the beer alternatives; Blokes order it just as much. Actually, millennials are driving the trend.

According to Neilson statistics, nearly 1 in every 10 beers bought (8.9%) are either a low carb or low/no alcohol product. Low carb beer has grown 41% compared with last year, and low/no alcohol has grown by 14%.

DB Breweries managing director Peter Simons says “conscious consumers” are driving what he calls “the better for me category”. 

He predicts this category will be 20% of beer sales in New Zealand in 10 years.

“This category is growing fast,” he says, noting he saw the growth first in Europe and knew Kiwi drinking habits would follow.

Simons says the Heineken brand (DB is owned by the Heineken company) reached its highest global growth in over 10 years last year. This was led by demand for its new product Heineken 0.0 (zero ABV) . In New Zealand, DB sold 2.2 million bottles of Heineken 0.0 since the beer’s launch in August last year.

Beer connoisseur, Aaron Scanes, remarks on the taste of the 0.0 Heineken compared with the brand’s original beer: “If you blind taste tested them then I think a lot of people would struggle to taste the difference between them”.

Scanes, who owns New World Mt Roskill supermarket , remarks the increasing sales around low carb and low/no alcohol beer  “continues to surprise me”.

Aaron Scanes with some “better for me” category beer products at his store, New World Mt Roskill. He says this category of beer has been selling well. The top seller in recent months from this category is the Heineken 0.0 product.

So who is drinking these products?

Simons says 48% of people say they are trying to minimise their carb consumption – skewing slightly female (50%) vs male (45%).

Another trend across the alcohol category, Kiwis say they are drinking less compared with 5 years ago. Men and women are changing their drinking to similar extents.

Simons says younger drinkers (aged 17-25-years) are choosing more consciously. The company aims to cater to new styles of beverages to react to this market. Simons says the zero alcohol beer isn’t cheaper to make. They have to double ferment it, remove the alcohol, and it takes longer.

Rachel Grunwell with Dave Eaton, a Heineken master brewer at DB Breweries giving Rachel a tour of the brewery. They’re pictured in the old copper part of the brewery. It’s all now stainless steel. The factory has machines that spit out bottles on machine lines almost non-stop.

Meanwhile, low carb and low/no alcohol beer still has calories. The Heineken 0.0 may have no alcohol, but there’s about a teaspoon of malt sugars in a bottle, compared to less than 1g per bottle in the Heineken original and light varieties. This is because sugar is what ferments to produce alcohol, and given Heineken 0.0 doesn’t contain alcohol not all sugar is fermented during the brewing process.

* Rachel Grunwell is an award-winning journalist. She works too as a blogger and is currently working with the team at New World Mt Roskill, inspiring Kiwis to save time by shopping online. Click here to check out their store and shop online.

Rachel is a writing geek (wellness columnist for Good magazine, and Indulge magazine – and the latter goes online on the Herald every week). Rachel is also a wellness expert & author of the book Balance: Food, Health + Happiness which boasts 30 experts who share science-backed advice on how to live healthier and happier. The approach of her book is about enjoying all things in life “balance”, not perfectionism. And yes, she enjoys the odd beer, wine and chocolate too. To find out more about the book Balance click HERE.

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About the author:
Award-winning writer Rachel Grunwell is a respected health and wellness magazine columnist, yoga teacher, personal trainer, motivational speaker and recipe creator. On top of that, the mum-of-three is the blogger behind Inspired Health which aims to inspire Kiwis to move more and live well. As a qualified coach and yoga instructor, Rachel helps people to manage their weight, get fit and feel happier. Rachel is one of New Zealand’s top wellness bloggers and influencers, collaborating with brands and businesses to inspire Kiwis to live a life with “balance”, not perfectionism

10 Reasons Why CrossFitters Need Yoga

Rachel teaches yoga at CrossFitNZ on Monday nights.
Pic courtesy of CrossFit Newmarket. It was a dress-up comp – so hence the Baywatch outfit chuckle!

By Rachel Grunwell

10 Reasons Why CrossFitters Need Yoga I’m a mix of CrossFit chick and restorative yoga teacher. I also teach yoga at NZ’s longest-established CrossFitNZ gym run by a fitness industry leader, Darren Ellis.   The two movement disciplines don’t usually mix; But they should. They’re actually a movement marriage made in heaven.   Cue raised eyebrows in the room!   Many CrossFitters look at yogis sideways, but they could learn grace and gather more mobility tools from them. While, yogis don’t usually get enough high-intensity effort into their routines.   Firstly, it’s important to note that CrossFit is a blend of ten general physical skills: Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, power, speed, agility, accuracy, co-ordination, flexibility and balance.   You’ll notice the last three physical skills listed actually underpin yoga too.   10 reasons why CrossFitters need yoga…   1.   CrossFitters need to move well (ie have good mobility) in order to lift well – and heavy. Yoga is the ultimate tool for mobility and flexibility.   2.   Yoga helps you ace balance. You need to be able to control the placement of the body’s centre of gravity in relation to its base at all times.   3.   Proprioception is paramount. By the way this fancy word is just about knowing where your limbs are in space. Call it body awareness if you prefer. Yeah, it’s a good idea to know where that heavy load is positioned above your head!   4.   Static stretching after class can bring length back to tight muscles. This is all about moving well after class (and the next day)! Or do you prefer to walk like a lego-man?   5.   Yoga teaches CrossFitters numerous ways to stretch their tight muscles so they can re-balance their body any time they get a niggle. Most CrossFitters only know a couple of stretches, but there are actually thousands. So stretching can become more varied and fun.   6.    Yoga helps with injury-prevention. Just ask any elite athlete if they stretch and they’ll say “yes!” So you can learn from the best in the business.

rachel doing yoga pose at thievery studio

  7.    Yoga can help you spend less cash at your physio ie injury prevention. Do you really need any more reasons?   8.    Yoga helps to fine-tune your focus. This can seriously uplift your performance.   9.   The meditation side of yoga can help you to de-stress and calm your nervous system. Recovery is crucial for fuelling PBs (Personal Bests). If you don’t recover enough and push and push and push… then you can burn-out or your body can break down and injure…   10. Yogis know how to harness the power of breathing well. That’s a tool handy for weightlifting too.   This blog was originally published in Indulge magazine and the Herald online. Rachel is a weekly columnist for these two media avenues. 

Blog by Rachel Grunwell: Wellness expert, PT, yoga-teacher, CrossFit enthusiast & author of the book Balance: Food, Health + Happiness which boasts 30 global experts sharing science-backed wisdom on living healthier & happier (and 30 recipes too). Order the book via https://inspiredhealth.co.nz  Follow Rachel on Instagram http and InspiredHealthNZ’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/InspiredHealthNZ/