It reduces inflammation and calms the nervous system, too.
Image: Instagram @abbeycholmes
We’re two months into a new year and we’re already complaining about how tired we are. On Monday’s we’re grump AF because we’re still recovering from a lit weekend, Wednesday is hump-day so naturally we’re all struggling to get past the half-way mark to freedom, and come Friday, we’ve lost the plot and have zero amount of motivation to get out of bed.
But what we really should be telling ourselves is to get over it, because girl, there is someone out there that is just slaying life getting up early, training every day, eating healthily, and still managing to walk around with a smile on their dial 365 days of the year.
Yes, we’re talking about Abbey Holmes.
But rewind to the last part, because what we all we want to know (besides how she maintains those rockin’ abs), is how the Adelaide footballer is always so cheerful. Her secret? A good night’s sleep, with a little help from a secret product.
“When it comes to recovery and sleep, my secret weapon is Salt Lab Magnesium Oil,” the 27 year-old tells mybodyandsoul.com.au.
“It’s the highest-grade magnesium oil and aids in improving sleep, enhances muscle recovery, reduces inflammation and calms the nervous system, just to name a few of the benefits.”
And while she’s not sleeping, her other go-to methods of relaxing involve meditating, stretching, walking, or planning a trip to the beach r movies with her friends.
She also swears by treating herself to Silk Laser Clinics’ microdermabrasion treatment with vitamin infusion and LED light therapy to keep her skin looking fresh, revitalised and glowing.
Ok, now back to her abs. And we hate to break it to you, but they’re not made sitting on the couch watching TV.
“I don’t get to watch much television at all as I’m never really home, but how about just not turning it on in the first place? I feel that is the TV remains off, you will be more likely to be active around the house or go and train then if the TV is the first thing you do when you walk in the door.
If you have things to do and are purely unmotivated to do them, the first step is the hardest – but just get moving.”
For some #inspo, her favourite ways of getting active when she’s not training, involve F45, barre classes, lots of walking, and a one hour weight training session followed by a 45 minute run on the treadmill (….yeah, not sure how long that’s going to last considering our record on the treadmill is five minutes).
While it might be easier said than done, Abbey says the key to finding motivation is not to stick to the same routine.
“You are more likely to enjoy and maintain your exercise if you increase the variety and keep things interesting. From yoga, to boxing, running to swimming, there are so many activities to keep you fit and healthy.”
She also notes that balance is the ultimate key to keeping on track and smashing your health goals.
“A nutritious diet plan is vital, but also reward yourself for the hard work every now and then too. This doesn’t necessarily mean eat a whole block of chocolate or smash 11 burgers, but I’m a big one for reward for effort and I use one meal per week to eat whatever I want,” she explains.
“it’s important to find what works for you when it comes to both nutrition and training. Not one individual is the same as the next and people react differently to foods and exercise. This knowledge of what works and what doesn’t will come naturally through trial and error and the way in which food and training makes you feel.”
Well it’s going to take A LOT of trial and error for us, but we’ll give it a go.