Rachel's top wellness tips for living a happier and healthier life
Eating shouldn't be complicated. Eat real, nourishing food - avoid the packaged stuff. Think back to how your grandmother ate and try to emulate that.
It's not being selfish, it's key to your wellness. Find a ritual that you enjoy - even if it's just five minutes of beautiful stretching to an app - and be staunch about taking that time for yourself each day.
We tell our kids to be brave and try new things and give fitness a go but we're not doing it ourselves. The biggest influence we can have is by showing our kids, not telling them. So take that dance class you've always meant to get along to, sign up for that first triathlon.
When I started writing my weekly wellness column (where I tried a new fitness or health activity every week) I thought the column would only last a few months - but I kept finding new stuff and it ended up going for years. That's one of the secrets [of wellness] actually. If you're doing something that doesn't light your fire get out there and try something else because there is so much out there, it's exciting.
When I started running I couldn't even get round the block without turning red as a fire engine and struggling for breath.
That's all you have to focus on when you start a new fitness or health activity. The rest will follow.
Giving back to your community is a key to happiness and feeling like you've got a purpose in life. For me it's being an ambassador for Achilles NZ and guiding visually impaired runners. I love that with this organisation, no matter what barrier you have in life, you are welcome and you're encouraged. I'm a really experienced guide now and it makes me feel good keeping them safe and helping them to experience the race through my eyes.