At Sovereign we recognise the importance of working with experts and are proud to have both Pua Magasiva and Nicola Smith on board as our healthy living ambassadors.
Pua and Nicola help us communicate the importance of eating well, sleep, happiness and exercise as the essential parts of a healthy lifestyle. They share tips on healthy living, provide training programmes, offer nutritional expertise and answer your questions. They will also lead by example, joining the start line at Sovereign Tri Series events. Nicola took part in the Sovereign Tri Series at Mt Maunganui and Pua will compete at the Takapuna event.
Nicola Smith is a personal trainer, nutrition and lifestyle coach and director of ‘online gym’ Forever Fit.
Forever Fit’s fitness programmes, blog posts, recipes and ‘ask-the-trainer’ podcasts all provide tools for people to get fitter and healthier. It’s not about diets, but providing facts about how to get fit.
Nicola has worked in the wellness industry for 12 years after gaining a Bachelor of Physical Education, majoring in Sports Science and Exercise Prescription, from the University of Otago.
In addition, Nicola also has qualifications from the CHEK institute in Holistic Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching and as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner.
Hear from NicolaHow to stay hydrated
Pua Magasiva is an actor and personal trainer, best known for his role as Vinnie Kruse on Shortland Street.
Pua was born in Samoa and moved to Wellington, New Zealand when he was just two years old. He is a proud husband with a young daughter.
While gaining an extensive list of acting and directing credentials, Pua found time to train and work as a personal trainer in Australia. He counts exercise and physical education as a personal passion and is known to take many of Shortland Street actors through intensive training sessions.
Hear from Pua
“If there is one thing that health and wellbeing experts all agree on, it’s the four things we need to have a balanced and healthy life: exercise, eating well, sleep and happiness,”
Sovereign Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Mayhew
Here Dr. John Mayhew offers some insight into the four essentials of healthy living:
“Exercise is a vital part of a balanced healthy lifestyle and there are a range of associated health benefits. Generally we say 30 minutes of physical activity each day is a good goal to keep healthy. If you have more specific goals in mind such as losing weight or training for a particular event, it is likely you’ll need to exercise more. If you haven’t exercised for a while, or have any health problems, you really need to check with your GP before starting a new exercise programme."
Read more about how exercise can help form part of your healthy living lifestyle
"There’s a great deal of commentary around nutrition and what constitutes ‘good’ nutrition. Basically, a good first step is to really look what is going into our bodies – making sure it is low in sugar, salt and preservatives and bad fats (such as trans-fats). Read the packaging – or better still, avoid the packaging and go for fresh and clean food. Packaged and processed foods mostly all contain incredibly high levels of sugar, salt and preservatives, all of which place our bodies under a great deal of stress."
Find out how you can take charge by eating well
"There are several things you can do to improve your chances of restful slumber: Go to bed at the same time; Leave devices, TV, phones, work, bright screens out of your bedroom; Have a nice pre-bed ritual, warm bath, relaxing tea, book reading; Limit stimulants – especially close to bedtime, coffee, black tea; exercise – not to close to bedtime; Limit alcohol; have a snack contain tryptophan."
Read on for some useful tips to sleep better
"There are documented medical links between happiness and good health. Happier people live longer and experience less heart disease, colds, high blood pressure and other serious illnesses." "Sovereign are committed to raising awareness across New Zealand through the Wellbeing Index, Mood Map and alignment with Mental Health Foundation. We must encourage people to talk about mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and stress"
Learn more about tips to be happierHow well are you living? Take the quiz