The Colour Run 21/09

Wow, what an amazing day colour run was. Stayed in the city the night before which was really exciting, hotel was amazing & had a lovely view of Sydney – than woke in the morning to go to The Colour Run. 

Was about a 25 minute walk, but it went fast (as we were looking at all the scenery around us!) The start chute took a while (as it always does!) but after we went through that, it was GREAT! 5km walk doesn’t seem like much when you’re with people chatting, hanging out, laughing & getting colour sprayed on you. 

With 5 different colours, blue was probably the hardest to come off my body, took about 3 washes, but it didn’t bother me bc I loved every minute of it. (I’m a bit sad for two things in regards to the colour run though, that I must share – the foam machine wasn’t working when we got to that station which was disappointing & the second thing when we finished & got our medalion, they generally give a colour packet for the colour drop HOWEVER, they had ran out (& there were plenty more people behind us to go, so a fair few hundreds of people missed out on a colour packet!) To me, that’s disappointing to be honest, as when I finish I like to do atleast one colour drop at the Tropicolour Festival.

Cannot wait for next years one! I’m 90% sure, Sydney’s night one is the next one & that’s in Feburary 2017, so I am very excited for this! I shall add some photos below 📷

Bike Riding At Sydney Olympic Park

So this weekend has passed & it was a lovely weekend – I went to Sydney Olympic Park & hired a bike & went riding for 2 hours. It was great, & I love being outdoors! I rode all the way to Rhodes as well as the bike track within Sydney Olympic Park.

There are so many benefits of being outdoors such as:

  1. Forests calm us down.Time amongst the trees has a proven positive impact on reducing stress levels and lowering blood pressure. Research undertaken in Japan, a country of long working days and high suicide rates, reveals that immersing yourself in the natural world significantly reduces stress levels and wards off depression. In response, Japan’s Forestry Agency has created a network of Forest Therapy trails on which rangers monitor visitors’ blood pressure.
  2. Nature makes us more creative.According to David Strayer, Ph.D., a professor of Cognition and Neural Science at the University of Utah, “Modern multitasking overtaxes brain areas that are involved in suppressing distractions, thinking creatively, and developing a sense of identity.” Strayer discovered that a mere four days backpacking in nature improved people’s creativity by 50%.
  3. Nature sounds good.What we listen to has a huge impact on our health and wellbeing. Studies undertaken by leading sound expert Julian Treasure, chairman of The Sound Agency reveal the benefits of natural sound, as well as silence. An example Treasure cites is that humans find bird song reassuring. We intrinsically feel that all is good in the world if the birds are singing.
  4. Nature smells good.Our sense of smell is closely linked to the parts of the brain responsible for processing emotion. The scents we inhale have an immediate and profound impact. Trees and plants emit phytoncides – a volatile organic compound and wood essential oil. Inhaling phytoncides slows down breathing and reduces anxiety. Residents of some east Asian countries partake in ‘forest bathing’ or Shinrin-yoku, an experience which allows us to be engulfed by, and breath in, the healing powers of phytoncides.
  5. Water is good for body and soul.Research undertaken by the University of Exeter’s Medicine School details the essential role water plays in our psychological wellbeing. Negative ions are natural antidepressants and found in bucket loads near water. As such walking trails beside lakes or along river banks are recommended for their benefits to emotional health. While those brave enough to take a dip will experience blood vessels dilating in cool water all of which encourages the body to expel toxins and release feel good endorphins.
  6. Nature helps us get better.According to research undertaken by Professor Roger Ulrich at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, the countryside has a positive impact on convalescence. Ulrich’s research indicates that even a view of trees from a hospital window improves rates of recovery.
  7. Dark skies help set our biological clocks.In 2009, the American Medical Association adopted a resolution in support of controlling light pollution and claimed that “many species (including humans) need darkness to survive and thrive”. Dark skies at night are conducive to the natural functioning of our body’s biological clock which is set by the nocturnal release of the hormone melatonin. One of the impacts of reduced amounts of melatonin is increased amounts of oestrogen, the hormone linked with breast cancer.
  8. Time outdoors is essential to healthy aging.Our world shrinks as we grow older. As it does all the physical, emotional and social benefits of the outdoors diminish in our lives. The connection between less time outdoors and the acceleration of dementia is considerable. The multiple authors of an Open University research paper entitledThe impact of early dementia on outdoor life: A ‘shrinking world’? claim that “maintaining outdoor activity is likely to be an effective preventative measure in extending the period of good quality living”.



Travel – Do I Buy A Drone?

To buy or not to buy, that is the question!

My favourite youtuber Bonny Rebecca put a video of the drone that we now has AND… I fell in love! (the 6min mark is where you’ll see it!)

After doing some research, on average the drones have about 10 minute flying time & depending on the one you can buy it an either be controlled from your iPhone or you get a remote control, plus the distance is a big one, I have now seen how high and/or far they go – I think this is a big factor in buying this because I want to ensure that I am getting one with really good distance.

I would really like to share a lot of footage of this in my travel category for you all to see.

I have already taken so many photos when moving around Sydney, so I’d love to share some footage from the drone.

I think it’d be a good thing to get some advice, opinions & feedback before jumping into the unknown – ie which brand is better, the price range etc.

I will most certainly keep you all up the date on the decision I make & if I buy this I will def show you my training & practice footage (haha!)

Have a look at the featured image of this post, this is a drone in Wollongong of someone skydiving – I think the aerial shot is most certainly a wonderful view.