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Now that we're a few months into 2013 it’s time to check-in on some of those more fitness-focused New Year’s resolutions. In case you need a little help getting ready for beach-and-bikini season, we’re devoting this month’s newsletter to a few health- and wellness-minded tips and tricks of the trade. First, we’ve got five favourite healthy foods from Maggie Derblay, One&Only’s Regional Director of Fitness, followed by exciting news about the running routes at One&Only Le Saint Géran. Next, it’s on to a revealing report on the power of meditation and yogic breathing to reduce blood pressure, and then it’s time for some fun, with fitness fashions from Christiane Duigan of Bodyism and a recipe for some surprisingly healthy cookies from One&Only Reethi Rah. 

Reservations at One&Only resorts can be made online at oneandonlyresorts.com.

Best Food Forward
Empower your eating habits with five favourite healthy foods from Maggie Derblay, One&Only’s Regional Director of Fitness

Not so long ago, eating healthy often only meant eating less-and that wasn’t very much fun at all. These days, however, a wellness-focused diet isn’t just about what you don’t eat but what you do eat, too. Here, One&Only’s Regional Director of Fitness, Maggie Derblay reveals her top healthy food picks. Not only do these ingredients maximise your wellbeing, they’re also delicious and easy to prepare, making them the perfect plates to power up your diet.

1. Quinoa: This quick-cooking ancient grain is high in protein and fibre and a naturally good source of iron. Tastes great with roasted vegetables or with a salad.

2. Wild Salmon: Another good source of protein and iron, this fish is very low in saturated fat but high in the fatty acids known as omega-3s, which may lower the risk of heart disease and improve mental performance.

3. Blueberries: This low-calorie fruit contains high levels of antioxidants, phytonutrients, water and fibre, all of which help control blood sugar and keep you fuller, longer.

4. Tea: Whether hot or cold, this brewed beverage contains natural antioxidants that play an important role in maintaining optimal health, neutralising free radicals in the body and helping maintain healthy cells and tissues.

5. Kiwis: These funny, furry little delights are among the most nutritionally dense of fruits, full of antioxidants and vitamins. In fact, one large kiwi supplies your entire recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.

Eating these foods together or separately is a great way to get your diet in gear, but do remember, portion size does still matter.

Just Breathe
Find inner peace and lower your blood pressure all with the simple meditation and yogic breathing practices you can discover at One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives.

It may sound too good to be true, but a variety of easy-to-learn and easy-to-follow meditation and breathing modalities have been shown to effectively lower blood pressure. And now, private classes held around the grounds of One&Only Reethi Rah (in an over-water yoga studio, ocean-side cabana, alfresco sunset pavilion or even your own guest villa) make learning these techniques a beautiful breeze.

Because meditation reduces stress and anxiety, it can help you feel more relaxed and tranquil even after just one short session. But there's hard science behind its ability to increase wellness, too. In particular, meditation affects blood pressure by allowing the body to release antioxidants, which, in turn, helps prevent cholesterol from building up in the arteries. Mindful meditation also raises our levels of nitric oxide, and that dilates our arteries, allowing increased blood flow—yet another physiological effect that brings down blood pressure.

The breath-control technique called pranayama, meanwhile, combines exhalations, inhalations and retentions in a variety of different patterns born out of ancient yoga practices. Practicing it on a regular basis strengthens the lungs, balances the nervous system and regulates energy flow around the body, all of which help improve general wellbeing.

For more information on private pranayama and meditation classes please email reservations@oneandonlyreethirah.com or call +960 664800 

On the Run
Race to the finish—but always at your own pace—on the extensive and invigorating beachside running trails at One&Only Le Saint Géran.

There are 6km and 10km sand and road routes that take you through the breath-taking local scenery, and the resort’s fitness team organises weekly runs for anyone interested in jogging with a group, getting to know other guests along the way and bonding over a shared athletic interest. Few physical activities prove as effective for burning calories and getting a full-body work out as running, which is at least part of why the sport's popularity has grown exponentially of late, with more than 500 marathons now held around the world each year. Requiring very little in the way of equipment, it's also something you can enjoy anywhere, whether at home or on vacation.

At our Mauritian retreat, One&Only Le Saint Géran, we've made running particularly fun and easy. There are 6km and 10km sand and road routes that take you through the breath-taking local scenery, and the resort's fitness team organises weekly runs for anyone interested in jogging with a group, getting to know other guests along the way and bonding over a shared athletic interest. One&Only Le Saint Géran also offers the opportunity for barefoot runs on the beach, and, for those after something completely different, training runs in the pool.

Fun as this is, the resort takes running rather seriously, and that's in no small part due to its manager, Belgian-born Jerome Colson, who just so happens to be an ultra-marathoner. In the last five years, Jerome has completed more than 20 races, from the Great Wall of China marathon to Morocco's Marathon des Sable, which comes in at a whopping 250km, and he's currently training for August's Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (a veritable breeze at just 160km).

But it's not all multi-day treks and three-digits mileages for Jerome. You can also join him for a much shorter run every Friday morning, jogging along the resort's golf course and its beautiful beaches before reaching the local Hindu temple and heading home. Grand total? A highly manageable and healthful 10 km.

For more information, please contact the Fitness Centre on + 230 401 1888 or email fitness.centre@oneandonlylesaintgeran.com.

Fit and Fashionable
Look your best while getting in shape with the new Brazilian Body Collection line of fitness fashions now available One&Only Reethi Rah.

Working up a sweat while working out at the gym doesn’t always leave us looking like we’re ready for anything other than a nice long shower. But now the Brazilian Body Collection, a new brand of clothing from the folks behind Bodyism a British-based lifestyle gym, wellness program and nutritional product line—is helping us stay chic even as we get in shape. Look your best while getting in shape with the new collection of fitness fashions now available One&Only Reethi Rah.

Starting this season, our Maldivian retreat, One&Only Reethi Rah, began a partnership with Bodyism, bringing its founder, personal trainer and health guru James Duigan, down to the resort to teach our fitness staff about his workout methods and our chefs about his Clean & Lean eating philosophy. As part of this exclusive relationship, we're now selling the latest looks from Duigan's BodyWear line of stylish workout clothing at our Fitness Center, too.

For the scoop on these sportif fashions, we spoke to Christiane Duigan, James's wife and the Director of Bodyism Global. She revealed that it was actually a trip to One&Only Reethi Rah that led to her creation of the clothing line: "After being at Reethi Rah, I was inspired to find the right fabrics for the range, to make sure they were breathable in the heat and quick drying—not to mention great-looking if I went to lunch straight after training."

She went on to tell us that "the sleek new designs have been carefully created to lift, tighten and sculpt the body's contours in all the right places" and that their "intelligent blend of fabrics feels like cotton but has the benefits of advanced fibre technology."

Here, Christiane share her five must-have pieces from the Brazilian Body Collection line:

1.Nathalie legging: These slim-fit lightweight leggings look great before, during and after a workout. Thanks to the high-tech, fluid design they provide maximum stability and support.

2. Christiane Capri: This pair of fitted cropped leggings—whose blend of fabrics gives a soft feel and super sweat-wicking capabilities—is ideal for yoga, Pilates, gym workouts and cycling.

3. 'I am shiny' Nathalie legging: My favourite version of the Nathalie legging. Adds some fashion and shine to my life at the gym.

4. Lily Sports Bra: Whatever your workout, support and lift are essential. We specifically designed this piece with a flattering silhouette in mind.

5. Florence Sports Top: I love the scoop neck and slim-fit-vest style of this item. Its wider straps provide added support, and the tapered waist keeps it in place during exercise.


One&Only Recipe of the Month
Snack on the sweet stuff with these high-protein chocolate-chunk cookies from One&Only Reethi Rah.

These special cookies come to us from One&Only Spa and Fitness Center at One&Only Reethi Rah, where the chef whips them up using a secret ingredient from a line of all-natural nutritional supplements called Clean & Lean. These products include a variety of protein shakes, cleanses and more, all designed by personal trainer and health guru James Duigan, who's recently trained the staff at the resort in his Bodyism fitness techniques and Clean & Lean nutrition philosophy.

With a bit of James's whey protein-rich Clean & Lean Serenity Powder, plus high-protein ingredients like chickpeas, soya milk and peanut butter, these confections make perfect post-workout treats, providing you with the nutrients you need to recover from a big-time calorie-burn. (They're delicious even if you haven't worked out, too, by the way.)

High-Protein Chocolate-Chunk Clean & Lean Cookies from One&Only Reethi Rah


• 225g cooked chickpeas (the canned variety are fine)

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 75g unsweetened chocolate broken into small chunks, or unsweetened chocolate chips

• 110g smooth peanut butter 

• 75g soya milk

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 50g Bodyism Serenity Powder 

1. Preheat oven to 200ºC

2. Drain and rinse chickpeas in water. (It's important to make sure they're very well rinsed so that the cookie dough doesn't taste like beans.)

3. Combine all the ingredients, except the chocolate, in a blender and blend until smooth.

4. Transfer dough to a bowl and stir in chocolate chunks.
5. Drop the dough by tablespoonful on a heavy metal cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

6. Bake at 200 ºC for 15 minutes.

7. Using a spatula, gently remove the cookies from the cookie sheet, transferring them to a metal-wire rack to cool.

8. After cooling to room temperature, cookies are best kept in a closed, airtight container.

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