Friday, April 24, 2015

Jude Franklin has RESET her life

New Zealand RESET Nation Challenge winner Jude Franklin recently spoke to us about her journey leading up to the challenge, her experiences during the challenge and where she will go to from here.
Her story is one full of inspiration and motivation!

It all started in 2014 when Jude injured her back in a car accident. This injury not only made it difficult to exercise but to even walk and over the next year she gained weight and was struggling to get through each day.
Although she had recovered from her injury which meant she could now do moderate exercise Jude was constantly tired and couldn’t get out of bed in the morning so she decided it was time to make a change.

“I had watched a friend go through the Challenge the year before and seen her transformation. There was no doubt in my mind that I could do this. Twelve weeks seemed a lot, but it is such a small amount of time to commit to, to change the rest of my life,” she said.

“When this friend suggested I do the USANA challenge I grabbed the opportunity and put everything into it.
“At the start I walked the dog daily and swam every day. I joined a keep-fit group and trained most evenings as well. After six weeks I started running which I had not done for over four years. This meant a huge increase in my fitness.”

Jude said she is “ecstatic” with her weight loss results.

“I feel so good. Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” she laughed.
“USANA has impacted my life in many ways. I now feel so much more confident in myself, my health has improved and my skin is now clear and radiant.
“I am sleeping better, I can focus better, my body shape has improved and my posture is better.”

Jude said one benefit of the RESET Challenge which she did not expect was the “wonderful people I met along the way”.
“We all shared the same great attitude, we were positive and we encouraged each other along our journey,” she said.
“I couldn’t have done this without USANA, thankyou, you have given me my life back.”

Jude said she now wants to tone up and continue to grow her own USANA business.

When asked to describe her new outlook on life she simply said “dream big, achieve more”.                                                                                                                                     

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tips to help you stick to your new workout routine

When we start a new workout or healthy eating routine we’re usually excited and give it our all, but sadly after a while many of us start to plateau and find ourselves slacking off, so here’s a few tips to help you stick to your new routine:

Set Yourself Up For Success: It’s important to take control of a situation before it even arises, so when the time comes and your willpower is about to get tested, it won't be so bad. Firstly try not to put yourself in situations where you will be tempted by bad food choices or be distracted from your goals. Secondly, it’s also important to not go too crazy to begin with - start small by swapping poor food choices for good ones. Don’t just go all cold turkey on sweets and expect to never touch them again, you will end up wanting them more. With working out it’s important to have rest days to give your body the time it needs to recover. Always drink lots of water and stretch or use a foam roller to reduce muscle soreness.

Always Be Prepared: Leave gym shoes and clothes in your car or leave them under your desk at work so that way you always have an option to exercise without the excuse of I don’t have my stuff with me. It also makes it convenient and quick to just get changed and go meaning you then have longer to work out.
Believe and Achieve: Always write down your goals and keep track of your progress. You can use a calendar, a diary or even a photo wall - whatever works for you. It’s important to see your progress because then when you’re feeling a bit down will help you to keep going.
Balance: Starting a new exercise routine can be very rewarding but also stressful as you feel the pressure to stick to it, but remember it’s ok to have a few off days or miss a workout just make sure it doesn’t become so often that you go back to your old ways. Just be realistic and ensure you have balance in your life between working out, relaxing, being social etc.

Reward Yourself: It’s super important to reward yourself for sticking to your new routine and achieving your goals. Whether it’s having a glass of wine after a long week, or a nice long bath or even buying yourself a new workout top or tights when you reach a goal it’s important to treat yourself to help you keep going. This also follows on from tip 5. A good tip is to try not to rely on food as a reward because that can set bad behaviours between eating foods and exercising, you don't want to overindulge too much, but as always, everything in moderation.

In a nutshell when starting a new workout routine or healthy eating plan the best thing you can do is believe, plan and prepare, balance, record and reward.

Good luck on your new journey and remember everything is possible. It doesn’t matter how many times you fail, it matters how many times you get back up and try again.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Britta Martin competes at Ironman African Championships

Team USANA Athlete Britta Martin has just returned from competing at the Ironman African Championships in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

This was a big event on the Ironman Circuit with a very strong field from all over the world, especially Europe and the United States.

Britta said the conditions were very hard on the day, with strong winds on the bike and heat during the run.
“Unfortunately, I didn't have a good day and finished 7th in the end, after a long day of suffering,” she said. (We think 7th is a great achievement – well done Britta!)

Britta said when you are not feeling great an Ironman race is a long day out.
“It was my third Ironman race in the last six months and I think I was pretty tired and wasn't firing as much as I have been in my last two races,” she said.
“I was still happy to be able to push myself through it and finish in 7th to get important qualifying points for the World Champs in October.”

Britta said the USANA products have played a “crucial role during the last six months”.
“Thank you so much USANA for your support - the products rock!” she said.
“Even though I trained very hard, raced a lot and had to travel all over the world, I managed to not get sick and always recovered quick to be able to push my body to the limit.
“I am very happy with my season; with two Ironman wins and one 7th place…I hope it will be enough to qualify me for the World Champs.”

Britta will now take a break to recover from the last few races and will start training again in a couple of weeks. She is aiming for her next race to be a half Ironman in Korea at the beginning of July.

Everyone at USANA wishes Britta all the best for her upcoming races and is very proud of her achievements so far.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

RESET Nation Challenge Winners Announced

The 2015 RESET Nation Challenge has officially come to an end and we would like to say a huge congratulations to everyone who participated and especially to the winners Pooja De Silva and Mahesh Jayasuriya (Australia) and Jude Franklin (New Zealand).

This year nearly 3,000 participants from all over the world banded together to transform their bodies, their businesses, and their lives. That’s pretty incredible. 

During the past 12 weeks these people have made significant life changes and we couldn’t be more proud of their achievements. 

With a conscientious commitment to a healthy lifestyle that combines a healthy, low GI diet, including USANA’s meal replacement shakes and protein snack bars with moderate exercise and our nutritional supplements, each challenge participant kicked off 2015 on the right foot.

All winners will receive a one-of-a-kind spa retreat to the Sanoviv Medical Institute in May at the beautiful Baja California, Mexico. With stunning views of the ocean, the winners will participate in special nutritional, health, and wellness training while enjoying delicious, healthy meals.

Each winner will also be treated to professional hair and makeup in preparation for their photo shoot, and best of all, each winner will receive a $1500 AUD/NZD airfare voucher and a $150 AUD/NZD gift card for a shopping spree.

Once again congratulations to each of the winners and enjoy your prizes.

And if you’ve taken part in the recent RESET Nation Challenge or you want to start your own better-health journey, we wish you continued motivation in reaching your weight-loss and better health goals.

Stay tuned for upcoming interviews with each winner about how the RESET Nation Challenge changed their life…

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Team USANA Athlete Olivia Vivian's Bright Future

Currently training towards the 2016 Rio Olympics, gymnastics champion Olivia Vivian, one of our newest sponsored Team USANA Athletes, is excited for what the future holds.

Olivia recently won WA Artistic Gymnastics Female Gymnast of the Year, along with WA International Gymnast of the Year for 2014, which she says was an “incredible honour and I had some amazing nominees including Olympians Lauren Mitchell and Emily Little in the same category”.

When we caught up with her last week she filled us in on her dreams and goals and how using USANA products has helped her.

“I can honestly say I owe my training abilities to the USANA supplements,” Olivia said.
“I have a busy life schedule and I need to be switched on for training every session because every minute counts in that gym. You can never get a wasted day back so every practice is precious to me.”

Olivia said she “couldn't believe how well my body responded to the products. I’m the oldest female gymnast Australia has ever had and I think I was only one on the team at Commonwealth Games that was injury free!”

Olivia is currently taking our Essentials and Poly C Optimizer as well drinking our Rev3 Energy drinks, of which she laughs “gosh I love those Rev drinks”.

This year is one of the most important years for Olivia to pursue her Olympic dreams, with her long term goal being to hopefully help Australia get its first ever Olympic medal in Rio. To qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics she needs to place in the Top 12 at World Championships, so this year will be dedicated to upgrades and routine development with World Championship trials in July and World Championships in October.

Olivia’s short term goals are to find a good life balance, with being able to pay the bills and manage training hours.

So how Olivia manage her busy schedule? 
“At the moment I feel like I'm writing a to-do-list for my to-do-list,” she laughs.
“I try to stay organised, energized and focused 100% on the task at hand. I also try and have flexibility and patience for when things don't always go to plan.”

Olivia thinks nutrition and exercise also helps the body and the mind.
“While I'm taking USANA products I feel like they help me achieve the best nutrition possible, which is a huge thing for me. I rely on every single day so I love that the most,” she said.
“I also do what I love which is important too. I enjoy gymnastics as well as running a cafe. It's a lot of work but I enjoy it so it becomes something I look forward to every morning”.
“I won't lie; there are days where the self-motivation is down pretty low. That's when I review my motivations and why I'm doing what I do,” Olivia said.
“Getting up early every morning is still a task for me. I am not a morning person at all, but I keep a reminder on my alarm as to why I'm waking up at 5am. It helps me realise that great things never come easy.”

So what else does the future hold for Olivia?
“I really want to set up a well-run cafĂ© to honour my father for years to come, and to continue through with gymnastics and maybe even Cirque du Sole in the future,” she said.
With so much already achieved and so much to look forward to, we here at USANA are excited to be part of Olivia’s journey and wish her all the best towards her goals and Olympic dreams. Go get ‘em girl!

• 2014 WA Artistic Gymnastics Female Gymnast of the Year
• WA International Gymnast of the Year for 2014
• Seven-time Australian Uneven bar champion.
• 2005, 2006 & 2014 World Championships. 9th, 6th and 7th placings. 
• 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games medalist. Silver in team event and 5th in the all-around final.
• Oregon State university scholarship holder and graduate. 2008-2013. Academic all American (top 10% in nation)
• Athletic all American on the bars 2011/2012 (top 6 at national championships)
• Bronze medalist at Korean World Cup 2014 on bars.
• Broken numerous bones including my back in 2013. Made a comeback to have a stellar year in 2014, including having a skill named after me on the uneven bars. (First person to do it at world championships)
• Team captain and oldest female gymnast Australia has ever had.

Olivia Vivian started gymnastics at eight-years-old. Her mother suggested she take up the sport after a friend of hers started going. At first Olivia was adamant that she didn’t want to go and refused to get out of the car. After the one hour session of her first class ended she completely changed her mind and fell in love with the sport.
At the age of 12 she was accepted into the Western Australia Institute of Sport and gymnastics soon became not just her passion but a dream for her future.
She was initially told that she wouldn’t get very far in her gymnastics career by numerous coaches due to her height. Gymnastics is a sport that is predominately dominated by short petite women and at 166cm tall Olivia is the tallest gymnast in Australia (which is hard to believe seeing that 166cm is an average height for a woman!). She didn’t let this deter her and instead used it as fuel to succeed.
Olivia’s usual week consists of training and work Monday-Friday from 5am-9pm, and then on the weekends she works half days to have more time for herself and some recovery training as well. She also practices yoga and weight training to keep her in top physical condition.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Keep your heart healthy and happy

Your heart works all the time, beating nearly hundred thousand times a day, always adjusting to the changing demands of the body. Weighing only about 300 grams, its muscles keep pumping away nearly 2000 gallons of blood through your body every day, keeping you alive and well. But are you working hard for your heart?
It’s too often, that we forget to take care of our heart and cardiovascular system. Far too many of us don’t pay enough attention until it’s too late. Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in Australia and New Zealand. Globally, cardiovascular disease, often thought to be a 'male' problem, is the number one killer of women. So, the focus is on creating heart-healthy environments to make your heart health a priority. Your hearts’ unrestrained effort surely needs all the support it can get. Luckily, there are ways that can give your heart a helping hand.
A Hearty Nutrition: CoenzymeQ10 is a powerful vitamin like substance found naturally in the mitochondria of most cells of our body. Mitochondria are the furnaces that generate energy in the cells. This is where the chemical reactions that release energy from glucose (respiration) happen and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is produced – the form of energy that cells use to function. ATP provides energy needed to run different processes in the body. When ATP breaks down, the energy created is used by cells for processes such as active transport, DNA replication and muscle contraction. One of your body’s largest concentrations of CoQ10 is in your heart, which is one reason why this nutrient plays such an important role in the functioning of your cardiovascular system.

Re-energize the Heart: CoQ10 has been studied for years in the US, Europe and Japan for the role in producing cellular energy and re-energising the heart and other muscles. While it’s true that our body makes CoQ10, its production is reduced with our age, overall nutritional status, excessive exercise and environmental stress factors. CoQ10 supplement supports cellular energy production, so, you’ll be helping your heart get the power it needs to work hard for you. Supplementation with CoQ10 helps your body in several different ways – 

* Plays an essential role in the generation of ATP or Adenosine Triphosphate, the main form of cellular energy.
* Boosts energy and speed recovery from exercise.
* Reduces oxidation of low density lipid (LDL) cholesterol.
* Supports healthy cardiovascular system, protects heart muscles and maintains healthy arteries.
* Improves stamina and improves the body’s overall state.
* Promotes healthy immune system and resistance to diseases.
* Functions as an antioxidant and protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules.
 CoQuinone100TM CoQ10 supplement can support your heart health with an optimal combination of coenzyme Q10 and alpha-lipoic acid that is highly bioavailable and easily absorbed in the body. It has been clinically tested to deliver much higher quantities of CoQ10 than solid formulations or other CoQ10 products.

 *Do not take if on Warfarin therapy without medical advice.
  May occasionally cause mild gastrointestinal symptoms
  If pregnant or breast feeding please consult your healthcare professional before use.