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Virgin Active Minds

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Welcome to Virgin Active Minds, a popular podcast dedicated to all things health and wellbeing. Hosted by Virgin Active’s Global Head of Yoga and Pilates Mark Seeto, join us as we dive deep into exercise, nutrition, sleep, mindfulness, mental health, meditation and more. Each episode we’ll be giving you the answers, one expert at a time. At Virgin Active we’re all about inspiring people to live an active life. We’ve built premium workout spaces, designed immersive classes and have a team of Coaches ready to give you the workout experience you deserve.
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Part 2 of 2: Inclusion and Defining Pilates Culture with Anula Maiberg
This is part 2 of 2 of the two-part series with resilience expert Matt Hughes. You will find Part 1 in our list of episodes. In this episode, you'll learn about: The different Pilates cultures Anula sees globally, from inclusive to not inclusive. Practical ways teachers and students alike can help bring more diversity, equity and inclusion to their local Pilates and Reformer Pilates studios. What Joseph Pilates intended with the Pilates method and how the marketing of Pilates has warped and diluted his message. Our favourite quotable moment: “Pilates is for every single body.” - Anula Maiberg Resources: Instagram @anulamaiberg
28:19
August 12, 2022
Part 1 of 2: Inclusion and Defining Pilates Culture with Anula Maiberg
Learn about the power of diversity and inclusion in this fascinating two-part episode with Anula Maiberg, founder of Pilates Human. Mark and Anula invite you along for a conversation intended for Pilates teachers and students about exploring inclusivity, body neutrality, and the modern-day Pilates industry. You'll walk away with more awareness about what you can do to find more joy in and out of the Pilates studio. In this episode, you'll learn about: The different Pilates cultures Anula sees globally, from inclusive to not inclusive. Practical ways teachers and students alike can help bring more diversity, equity and inclusion to their local Pilates and Reformer Pilates studios. What Joseph Pilates intended with the Pilates method and how the marketing of Pilates has warped and diluted his message. Our favourite quotable moment: “If you move with joy - and you’re doing some variant of Pilates [or movement in some way] - you’re going to see results way faster (in my opinion) than when you do something you dread.” - Anula Maiberg Resources: Instagram @anulamaiberg *This is part 1 of a two-part series. Once released, you will find Part 2 in our list of episodes right next to this one.
42:12
August 05, 2022
Part 2 of 2: Learning, Language and Being Human with Louka Parry
This is part 2 of 2 of the two-part series with Professor Andrew Oswald. You will find Part 1 in our list of episodes. In this episode, you'll learn about: How learning a new language can help you view yourself, others and the world from a different perspective. Becoming more 'human' in a world driven by machines and technology. Fostering curiosity and a love of learning. Our favourite quotable moment: "Learning is your superpower…the ability to learn new things throughout the course of your life." – Louka Parry Resources: Louka Parry Website The Learning Future
36:57
July 29, 2022
Part 1 of 2: Learning, Language and Being Human with Louka Parry
Learn about becoming more human through language and learning to understand ourselves and others better. In this chat, Founder of The Learning Future Louka Parry shares many insights about the power of learning to deepen connections, build emotional intelligence, improve social awareness and maintain wellbeing – all crucial elements for humanity as we head into the future. In this episode, you'll learn about: How learning a new language can help you view yourself, others and the world from a different perspective. Becoming more 'human' in a world driven by machines and technology. Fostering curiosity and a love of learning. Our favourite quotable moments: "One of the beautiful, cultural things about learning languages is it enables us to understand ourselves from a different vantage point, through being able to put on the shoes of another and walk around in them." – Louka Parry Resources: Louka Parry Website The Learning Future *This is part 1 of a two-part series. Once released, you will find Part 2 in our list of episodes right next to this one.
30:37
July 22, 2022
Part 2 of 2: The Economics of Happiness with Professor Andrew Oswald
This is part 2 of 2 of the two-part series with Professor Andrew Oswald. You will find Part 1 in our list of episodes. In this episode, you'll learn about: What the happiness U-Curve is. How comparison negatively impacts happy people. The importance of normalizing the psychological low experienced in middle age. Our favourite quotable moment: “It is normal to feel low, and you will recover.” Andrew Oswald (9:18) “Investing in friendship networks is surprisingly powerful in helping well-being.” Andrew Oswald (15:56)
20:50
July 15, 2022
Part 1 of 2: The Economics of Happiness with Professor Andrew Oswald
Trigger warning: The episode contains content about suicide. Please contact your local suicide prevention or emergency services if you need to talk to someone. Is the "mid-life crisis" a real thing? In this engaging episode with Andrew Oswald, he shares insights from his many years as a Professor of Economics and Behavioral Science and researcher of what it means to be happy. He has been at the forefront of studying human happiness for over 30 years. Tune in as we discuss the psychological low in middle age and the art of happiness throughout the lifespan. In this episode, you'll learn about: What the happiness U-Curve is. How comparison negatively impacts happy people. The importance of normalizing the psychological low experienced in middle age. Our favourite quotable moments: “Even for the regular citizen, they can experience a low period of life in the mid to late forties, though it will get better.” Andrew Oswald (8:18) "Colleagues and I have shown that great apes also exhibit evidence of a mid-life low." Andrew Oswald (16:32) Resources: Andrew Oswald - Website *This is part 1 of a two-part series. Once released, you will find Part 2 in our list of episodes right next to this one.
20:54
July 08, 2022
Part 2 of 2: Indigenous Communities and Connection to Country with Jason Timor
This is part 2 of 2 of the two-part series with resilience expert Jason Timor. You will find Part 1 in our list of episodes. In this episode, you'll learn about: What connection to country means, and how deeply it is ingrained into first nation's culture and identity. The effects of colonisation. How Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal art, language and culture continue to hold significant value and tradition today. How non-Indigenous businesses and people can honour and engage with Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people and traditions for the greater good of all. Our favourite quotable moment: "The best piece of advice I'd give to people that are going into an Indigenous community is to just listen. Listen first." - Jason Timor (33:38) Resources: Two point co Website Instagram LinkedIn
38:18
July 01, 2022
Part 1 of 2: Indigenous Communities and Connection to Country with Jason Timor
Learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations, culture and connection to country through this riveting conversation with Jason Timor, co-founder of Two Point Co. Come from a place of learning as we listen to Jason and Mark have a meaningful discussion about first nations people and Indigenous communities and how non-Indigenous businesses and people can honour and engage with first nations' communities. In this episode, you'll learn about: What connection to country means, and how deeply it is ingrained into first nation's culture and identity. The effects of colonisation. How Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal art, language and culture continue to hold significant value and tradition today. How non-Indigenous businesses and people can honour and engage with Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people and traditions for the greater good of all. Our favourite quotable moment: "You know what I like to hear the most? It's when someone says, 'I really haven't thought about it that way. I knew this stuff was around, but the way that you've positioned that, I actually understand now.'" - Jason Timor (8:57) Resources: Two point co Website Instagram LinkedIn *This is part 1 of a two-part series. Once released, you will find Part 2 in our list of episodes right next to this one.
36:49
June 24, 2022
Cultural Burning with Jason Timor
Check out a two-minute sneak peek of this episode with Jason Timor, as he and Mark discuss cultural burning in Australia. You can find the full episode, a deep dive into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations, culture and connection to country in our list of episodes, available now wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening.
05:08
June 24, 2022
Part 2 of 2: How I Work with Dr Amantha Imber
This is part 2 of 2 of the two-part series with resilience expert Matt Hughes. You will find Part 1 in our list of episodes. In this episode, you'll learn about: A deep dive into the habits, strategies of rituals of the most successful people today. Getting to know yourself and your chronotype to achieve better results in the workplace. Methods to achieve deep-focused work in the age of digital distraction. Our favourite quotable moment: “Hyperflexibility has got to be the way of the future.” - Amantha Imber (20:30) Resources: Inventium’s website How I Work podcast Amantha’s LinkedIn Amantha’s instagram Amantha’s twitter What Is Your Chronotype Quiz
28:15
June 17, 2022
Part 1 of 2: How I Work with Dr Amantha Imber
Do you get excited to wake up on Monday morning for your work week? It's more important than you think! In this episode, Mark discusses the workplace with Dr Amantha Imber, an organisational psychologist and podcast host of the #1 business podcast, How I Work. From your workplace health to your ideal work environment, Dr Amantha brings a wealth of knowledge about the importance of how you can work more effectively to find success and better mental health on the clock. In this episode, you'll learn about: A deep dive into the habits, strategies of rituals of the most successful people today. Getting to know yourself and your chronotype to achieve better results in the workplace. Methods to achieve deep-focused work in the age of digital distraction. Our favourite quotable moment: “Success - for me, is having a big impact, but also - feeling joyous about work and feeling excited for Monday.” - Dr Amantha Imber (8:20) Resources: Inventium’s website How I Work podcast Amantha’s LinkedIn Amantha’s instagram Amantha’s twitter What Is Your Chronotype Quiz Time Wise Book *This is part 1 of a two-part series. Once released, you will find Part 2 in our list of episodes right next to this one.
26:18
June 10, 2022
Theory of Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation with Dr Amantha Imber
Check out a two-minute sneak peek of this episode with Dr Amantha Imber, as she and Mark discuss the theory of extrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation in the workplace. You can find the full episode with Dr Amantha about autonomy, mastery and connection in your career, available now wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening.
01:36
June 10, 2022
Part 2 of 2: Momento Mori Learning to Live by Remembering to Die with D.S. Moss
This is part 2 of 2 of the two-part series with Podcast host and Humanist Chaplain D.S. Moss. You will find Part 1 in our list of episodes. In this episode, you'll learn about: Why death should, in fact, be a dinner conversation topic. An exploration of our dysfunctional relationship with consumption and how becoming aware of finitude can help. A deep dive into the lessons D.S. Moss learned from people on their deathbeds and what lessons we can take to live a more purpose-driven life. Our favourite quotable moment: “There is fruit that will bear when one actually accepts the concept of finitude…With that acceptance of finitude, it allows you to be in it with both feet. Fully aware in that moment where you can make it count.” - D.S. Moss (27:21) Resources: Instagram @remembertodie Spotify Podcast Apple Podcasts  Disclaimer: The following episode contains topics regarding death, religion and some drug references. The views, information, or opinions expressed during the episode are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent Virgin Active and its employees.
30:12
June 03, 2022
Part 1 of 2: Momento Mori Learning to Live by Remembering to Die with D.S. Moss
Death may not be a topic you regularly bring up at the dinner table, but maybe it's okay for it to be. In this fascinating episode, Mark sits down with Podcast host and Humanist Chaplain D.S. Moss, to cover the topic of death whilst on the search for the meaning of life. D.S. Moss is the host of the #1 Podcast Adventures of Memento Mori, a popular podcast that explores the many facets of mortality. Explore the science, philosophy, spirituality, logistics and religion of death alongside Mark and D.S. Moss to walk away with a better understanding and acceptance of a topic that helps connect us to our humanity. In this episode, you'll learn about: Why death should, in fact, be a dinner conversation topic. An exploration of our dysfunctional relationship with consumption and how becoming aware of finitude can help. A deep dive into the lessons D.S. Moss learned from people on their deathbeds and what lessons we can take to live a more purpose-driven life. Our favourite quotable moment: "If you are able to come to terms with your own impermanence then, by default, that would enable you to live a more meaningful life." - D.S. Moss (33:22) Resources: Instagram @remembertodie Spotify Podcast Apple Podcasts  Disclaimer: The following episode contains topics regarding death, religion and some drug references. The views, information, or opinions expressed during the episode are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent Virgin Active and its employees. *This is part 1 of a two-part series. Once released, you will find Part 2 in our list of episodes right next to this one.
40:35
May 27, 2022
Accepting Finitude with D.S. Moss
Check out a two-minute sneak peek of this episode with D.S. Moss, as he and Mark discuss the fascinating topic of death in the search for the meaning of life. You can find the full episode in our list of episodes, available now wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening.
01:03
May 27, 2022
Part 2 of 2: Learning to Thrive with Mandy Dante from Flourish Girl
This is part 2 of 2 of the two-part series with Mandy Dante of Flourish Girl. You will find Part 1 in our list of episodes. In this episode, you'll learn about: How important it is to provide teenage girls and young women with safe spaces to feel comfortable talking openly and authentically. Issues young women face including stress, anxiety and mental health issues. How to connect with and empower the teenage girl in your life. Our favourite quotable moment: “Be patient. Every girl is going to be different. Some girls open up quickly and some take time. They have their way of communicating. But the biggest thing is that you’re consistently showing up and checking in.” – Mandy Dante (28:08) Resources: Flourish Girl Website Flourish Girl Instagram Mandy Dante Instagram Facebook LinkedIn
38:16
May 20, 2022
Part 1 of 2: Learning to Thrive with Mandy Dante from Flourish Girl
Help the young women in your life to thrive from Founder and CEO of Flourish Girl, Mandy Dante. In this conversation, Mandy and Mark talk about the many challenges teenage girls face in today's complex world: body image issues, anxiety, stress, and fitting in. Mandy also shares what we can do to help young girls feel connected to their social groups and communities so that young women feel seen and heard. In this episode, you'll learn about: How important it is to provide teenage girls and young women with safe spaces to feel comfortable talking openly and authentically. Issues young women face including stress, anxiety and mental health issues. How to connect with and empower the teenage girl in your life. Our favourite quotable moment: “It’s so important that we really do empower the young women in our lives because one thing I’ve noticed, after working with nearly 7,000 teenage girls is, it’s like we’ve become masters with suppressing what we’re actually feeling; or just feeling like we need to have it all together.” – Mandy Dante (17:34) Resources: Flourish Girl Website Flourish Girl Instagram Mandy Dante Instagram Facebook LinkedIn *This is part 1 of a two-part series. Once released, you will find Part 2 in our list of episodes right next to this one.
28:51
May 13, 2022
Showing Up Authentically with Mandy Dante from Flourish Girl
Check out a one-minute sneak peek of this episode with Mandy Dante, as she and Mark discuss how we can help young women move beyond insecurities and into adulthood to thrive. You can find the full episode here or in our list of episodes, available now wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening.
01:00
May 13, 2022
Part 2 of 2: Emotional Intelligence with Claudine Chicheportiche
This is part 2 of 2 of the two-part series with EQ expert Claudine Chicheportiche. You will find Part 1 in our list of episodes. In this episode, you'll learn about: Mindset by Design: consciously crafting how you think, what you believe, and ‘un-learning’ social conditioning or inherited belief systems. Emotional Intelligence - also known as EQ - as a skill that can be learned and continuously improved. How to increase consciousness, self-awareness and create a more still mind. Our favourite quotable moment: “If we look at the nature of the world, it is adapting so radically, it’s absolutely critical that we have a flexible mindset that can adapt with our environment.” - Claudine Chicheportiche (43:07) Resources: Join The Reset: https://www.claudinechi.com/reset
47:04
May 06, 2022
Part 1 of 2: Emotional Intelligence with Claudine Chicheportiche
Learn about your emotional intelligence and mindset to find harmony and joy in everything that you do. In this episode, Claudine Chicheportiche – a mindset coach, facilitator, speaker and writer – chats to Mark about creating a ‘winning mindset’. Change your mindset, optimise your happiness, and achieve your goals in life, business and relationships. In this episode, you'll learn about: Mindset by Design: consciously crafting how you think, what you believe, and ‘un-learning’ social conditioning or inherited belief systems. Emotional Intelligence - also known as EQ - as a skill that can be learned and continuously improved. How to increase consciousness, self-awareness and create a more still mind. Our favourite quotable moment: “This is a fundamental truth. You are worthy, right now. End of story. You have nothing to do, nothing to achieve, nothing to become – you are enough.” - Claudine Chicheportiche (28:00) Resources: Join The Reset: https://www.claudinechi.com/reset Listen to Part 2: This is part 1 of a two-part series. Once released, you will find Part 2 in our list of episodes.
48:36
April 29, 2022
Developing Emotional Intelligence with Claudine Chicheportiche
Check out a two-minute sneak peek of this episode with Claudine Chicheportiche, as Claudine and Mark discuss how to consciously craft how you think and ‘unlearn’ social conditioning for better health and wellbeing. You can find the full episode here or in our list of episodes, available now wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening.
02:02
April 29, 2022
Part 2 of 2: Cultivating Resilience with Matt Hughes
This is part 2 of 2 of the series with resilience expert Matt Hughes. You will find Part 1 in our list of episodes. In this episode, you'll learn about: Why resilience is a set of habits and skills and not a personality trait you're born with. The four most common threats to our resilience. How to identify personal skills that can turn into rituals to cultivate more resilience. Our favourite quotable moment: “Exercise does a fantastic job of producing and firing endorphins around the body, which are the body’s feel-good hormones. Exercise has also been found to reduce stress hormones, which help foster relaxation. And when we feel good, we think good, and when we think good, we feel good. So it’s a virtuous cycle and exercise can help us to let go of stress and tension, while also giving our brain time to recharge.” – Matt Hughes (28:02) Resources: LinkedIn Website Resilience Tips
44:44
April 22, 2022
Part 1 of 2: Cultivating Resilience with Matt Hughes
Learn about cultivating resilience to move forward confidently through life's challenges. In this conversation with Matt Hughes, founder of Ripen, a resilience training organisation, Matt and Mark explore resilience and how it helps our physical and mental health. Discover why building your resilience will help you foster better relationships, wellbeing and a healthier mindset.  In this episode, you'll learn about:  - Why resilience is a set of habits and skills and not a personality trait you're born with. - The four most common threats to our resilience. - How to identify personal skills that can turn into rituals to cultivate more resilience.  Our favourite quotable moment:  “Some relationships can be immensely toxic, and can erode our resilience – almost beating us and our self-worth down, until we become a shell of ourselves. Other relationships can bring us immense joy, gratitude and vitality and so they’re actually building us up into better versions of ourselves.” – Matt Hughes (34:30)  Resources:  LinkedIn Website Resilience Tips  *This is part 1 of a two-part series. You will find Part 2 here and in our list of episodes right next to this one.
36:25
April 16, 2022
Are you a PLOM? with Matt Hughes
Check out a two-minute sneak peek of this episode with Matt Hughes, as he and Mark discuss what it means to be resilient and how to cultivate resilience in your life to foster better relationships, wellbeing and a healthier mindset. You can find the full episode in our list of episodes, available here and wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening.
02:15
April 15, 2022
Finding Your Fit with Sir Richard Branson
Being fit at any age is 100% achievable! Take it from Sir Richard Branson himself. In this incredible episode with British entrepreneur, adventurer, and head of Virgin Group Ltd, Richard Branson and Mark sit down to discuss topics Richard rarely talks about in interviews. Learn from Richard what it means to be fit and healthy at any age, how the pandemic affected his family and companies, what helps boost his immunity and keep him balanced, what space travel was really like, and so much more. So tune in and get to know Richard on a whole new level as he teaches us what it means to find your active in your own unique way. In this episode, you'll learn about: Richard's top four tips to experiencing a life of excellent health and wellbeing. Richard's workout routine and the exercise regimes he lives for daily. How Richard finds balance in his own life through adventure, family and connection. Our favourite quotable moment: "Your body's really the most important thing that you have. If you look after your body, your brain will function better as well. And if you look after your body, you can do incredible things throughout the day." - Richard Branson (3:27) Resources: Virgin website
30:19
April 08, 2022
How Staying Active Reduces Injury with Sir Richard Branson
Check out a one-minute sneak peek of this episode with Sir Richard Branson, as he and Mark explore what it means to find your fit and how exercise can be preventative medicine at any age.  You can find the full conversation in our list of episodes, available now anywhere you listen to your podcasts.
01:01
April 08, 2022
The Adventure Mindset with Tim Cope
Go on a journey with adventurer, author and filmmaker Tim Cope as he shares his incredible experiences getting outside of his comfort zone, practising vulnerability, and finding perspective in the great outdoors. Mark and Tim chat about finding awareness, growth, and contentment in nature in this illuminating episode. They also discuss what it means to let go of the rigid structure of daily life in most Western societies and what you can do to find balance and contentment every day. In this episode, you'll learn about: How being immersed in, and connected to nature, can be a life-changing and transformative experience. What it means to let go of rigid structure and plans, take risks and leave room for the unexpected. How being in nature can have positive effects on your mental health and wellbeing. Our favourite quotable moment: "The spirit of adventure can be found in any kind of pursuit. It's a mindset rather than necessarily a physical process." – Tim Cope (57:22) Resources: Tim Cope Journeys - Website Tim Cope Journeys Store Instagram
01:47:33
March 25, 2022
Dialling Down Anxiety with Jodi Richardson
Learn about dialling down anxiety from Dr Jodi Richardson so you can regain control, reframe your thoughts, and ultimately live well. In this episode, Jodi chats to Mark about the common desire to rid ourselves of anxiety and look towards managing it instead. Jodi explains what anxiety and stress are, how to identify our responses and triggers, and shares strategies to help us manage the anxiety in our lives.  In this episode, you'll learn about:  -How our quest for eliminating anxiety can often amplify it and what we can do about it. -How to identify what situations can heighten your anxiety to develop a greater self-awareness around these situations. -A deep dive into strategies to help you manage stress and 'dial it down' so it's not intrusive in your life.  Our favourite quotable moment:  “[Anxiety] is a normal human emotion, but we do have this connotation around anxiety being something that is – air quotes – ‘bad’, ‘negative’ and ‘something to get rid of’. But, attempts to get rid of it only tend to amplify it.” – Jodi Richardson (11:02)  Resources:  Website Well Hello Anxiety Podcast Instagram LinkedIn
01:19:47
March 11, 2022
Addressing Masculinity with Dynas Purins
Learn about what it is to be a man in today's world and finding true self-acceptance and peace. In this conversation with Head Teacher at The Peace Timeline Dynas Purins, Mark and Dynas talk about societal and cultural expectations of masculinity and how it's changing, generational trauma, being vulnerable, expressing love, and creating positive change in the world. In this episode, you'll learn about: How men can experience 'inner-work' to heal and make the world a better place. The act of standardising and normalising self-love and unlocking true self-acceptance for healing. Addressing the difficulties some men have expressing love and being vulnerable. Our favourite quotable moment: "You either win, or you learn. Together we can co-create solutions." - Dynas Purins (48:12) Resources: The Peace Timeline YouTube Instagram
01:32:11
February 25, 2022
School of Wellbeing with Meg Durham
Feel good and thrive with wellbeing educator Meg Durham, who chats with Mark Seeto about the pillars of wellbeing in this motivational episode. Meg shines a light on the importance of improving mental health both for ourselves and for the people around us. In this episode, you'll learn about: How integrated wellbeing is in our daily life and what this means for better health and wellness. Discovering the five P’s that may be stopping you from living to your greatest potential. Accessible ways to improve mental health in yourself, your family, and in our education system. Our favourite quotable moment: “When we’re well, we can think clearly and we can look forward to the future with anticipation and hope.” - Meg Durham (43:52) SPIRE Wellbeing Principles - Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Relational, and Emotional - Meg Durham (17:24) 5 P’s to Watch For - Perfectionism, Pleasing, Pretending, Producing, and Performing (35:58) Charge your battery - Sleep, Movement, Nourishment, Rest, and Quality Connection (1:07:39) Resources: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/megdurham__/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/openmindeduau Website www.openmindeducation.com
01:17:13
February 11, 2022
Achieving Financial Wellness with Betsy Westcott
Improve your financial literacy and money management skills from Financial Wellness Coach Betsy Westcott to find financial freedom and live a life you enjoy. In this episode, Mark chats to money expert Betsy about the key components of financial wellness, the parallels between physical and financial wellbeing, and how to look after your money so it will look after you. In this episode, you'll learn about: What it means to achieve financial wellness. How financial wellness correlates to overall wellbeing, mental health and physical health. How to create a strong money mindset to grow your wealth healthily and mindfully. Our favourite quotable moment: "You can meditate and do all the yoga and running and weightlifting that you like, but if your finances are under strain, that's going to cause enormous stress for you and materially impact you." – Betsy Westcott (2:22) Resources: Website: www.betsywestcott.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/msbetsywestcott/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/betsywestcott Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/betsywestcott/ Disclaimer: The content of this conversation is general information and for educational purposes only. Nothing contained in it is, or is intended to be construed as individual financial, tax or legal advice. You should, before you act or use any of this information, consider the appropriateness of this information having regard to your own financial situation and requirements. And seek advice from a suitably qualified professional before making any financial decisions.
01:09:33
January 28, 2022
Purpose Through Poetry with James Nguyen
Feel inspired to pursue your passion from this insightful and passionate discussion with entrepreneur, writer, and poet James Nguyen also known as jqn. In this illuminating conversation, James waxes lyrical about the profound impact spoken-word poetry has had on him and how he views the world. Mark and James reflect on life and finding happiness as they dive deep into the ideas of self-love, contentment and overall wellbeing. In this episode, you'll learn about: How sometimes getting everything you want still won't make you happy How self-love and self-acceptance are crucial in finding happiness and contentment Doing the 'inner work' and working towards a greater good for all Our favourite quotable moment: “Isn’t the most beautiful thing about the human experience to connect with other people, to feel the love of our community, and to feel the love of the lives we’ve touched?” - James Nguyen (23:03) Resources: Instagram: https://bit.ly/ig-jqnstudios Twitter: https://bit.ly/tw-jqnstudios TikTok: https://bit.ly/tk-jqnstudios YouTube: https://bit.ly/yt-jqnstudios Facebook: https://bit.ly/fb-jqnstudios
01:12:20
January 14, 2022
Self-Acceptance and Finding Your ‘Enough’ with Mark Seeto
The tables have turned! For our New Year’s Special, it’s Mark Seeto’s turn to sit in the guest chair. In this deeply insightful episode, Mark shares memories from his childhood in the country, coming to terms with his sexuality and finding happiness through self acceptance. We also touch on his personal journey through fitness, physical health, chronic illness and mental health, as well as reflecting on life in lockdown throughout the past year. You’ll not only feel moved by his story, but also inspired to hit the refresh button in the new year! In this episode, you'll learn about: How yoga, meditation and a love of fitness got Mark through the most challenging moments in his life. Discovering how to adapt to a ‘new normal’ during transitional times. How to find your ‘enough’. Our favourite quotable moment: “If you’ve got something great you want to do in your life or want to change – just do it – don’t wait.” – Mark Seeto (1:20:42) Resources: The Adventures of Memento Mori Podcast The Monk Who Sold is Ferrari by Robin Sharma Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan Mark Seeto's Instagram
01:30:12
December 31, 2021
Women's Health and Pregnancy with Physio Laura Callea
Learn about the changes a woman's body undergoes from physiotherapist Laura Callea to understand the pregnancy process better. Mark picks Laura's brain about all things pregnancy-related, from changing bodies to exercising throughout pregnancy. They also cover what should be considered normal, pain points, and so much more, as Laura aims to educate and empower women (and the people around them) about the wonders of pregnancy, birth and more. In this episode, you'll learn about: How to best support yourself and your loved ones through pregnancy regarding exercise and physiological changes. The various changes in a pregnant person's body, from the obvious to the not so obvious. How you can support someone going through pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum experiences. Our favourite quotable moment: “You can thrive during pregnancy and not just ‘survive’. So many women think it has to be hard and challenging, but I think you can aim for more – you can thrive during pregnancy.” – Laura Callea (59:50) Resources: Instagram: instagram.com/physiolaura Facebook: facebook.com/physiolaura Blog: physiolaura.com Pregnancy Posse membership: thepregnancyposse.com Podcast: Pregnancy with Physio Laura https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/pregnancy-with-physio-laura/id1543672102
01:04:39
December 17, 2021
Mastering Performance and Wellbeing with Vanessa Bennett
Get more accomplished in four hours than most get done in seven. That's the power of performance mastery. In this inspirational episode, Mark sits down with Vanessa Bennett, Performance Mastery Coach, to discuss a transformational movement toward a better work-life balance. Eliminate burnout, improve stress relief, and develop stronger self-motivation through key tools discussed during this riveting conversation about performance and wellbeing. In this episode, you'll learn about: -How to redefine performance so that you can improve your productivity, feel your best always, and boost your quality of life. -The power of implementation versus preparation and using routine to master performance. -The direct connection that physical, mental and neural factors play on performance levels and what you can do to enhance all three for better wellbeing. Our favourite quotable moment: “You can have wellbeing without high performance. But you can’t have high performance without wellbeing.” - Vanessa Benett (8:24) Resources: Next Evolution Performance Website Vanessa Bennett - LinkedIn Vanessa Bennett - Instagam Interactive Workshops The Neuroscience of Getting More Done Book recommendation: The Obstacle is the Way
01:26:52
December 03, 2021
Achieving Your Fitness Goals and Perseverance with Nathan Horner
Get valuable insight into fitness training during this great podcast episode with Nathan Horner, our Head Coach of Grid Training at Virgin Active Australia. If you have questions about HIIT, Strength Training, Grid, Circuit Training, Crossfit or fitness at the gym, Nathan's got the answers. His extensive knowledge of all programs in his personal and professional life will help you be the smartest person in the room (gym). Mark and Nathan dive into the importance of training socially, living to your purpose and the importance of perseverance. In this episode, you'll learn about: -The definition and differentiation between the big fitness programs and how to choose which ones are right for you. -The importance of community in your workout and the subtle ways connection helps you persevere and achieve your performance goals. -How to find self-compassion for yourself and become aware of the tradeoffs you'll make to achieve your goals. Our favourite quotable moment: "If you say yes to everything, other people are making decisions for you." - Nathan Horner Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathan-horner-a27998206/ https://www.instagram.com/m3atball/ Nathan’s Book Reco: Essentialism by Greg McKeown
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November 19, 2021
Plant-Based Health and Nutrition with Naturopath Bianca Sheedy
Whether or not you're a meat-eater, we all eat plants and can benefit from learning about these earth-grown nutrients. Naturopath Bianca Sheedy joins Mark for an enticing episode about plant-based nutrition. There is no shaming here; only a wealth of knowledge to teach us the benefits of adding more plant-based food to our diet. Tune in and discover new ways to thrive in your well being. In this episode, you'll learn: -What plant-based means and look closely at the ways we all fall under the spectrum of plant-based eating.  -The effects of your diet on your physical and mental health, along with simple ways you can overcome problematic symptoms from a limited diet (including iron and vitamin b12 deficiencies). -Simple knowledge you can take to the supermarket to better understand the plant-based product you're regularly purchasing, such as soy and plant-based milk. Post Training Smoothie Recipe Directions: Place in blender: 20 grams plant-based protein powder, 1 cup coconut water, 1 banana, 1 cup berries, 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder, 1 teaspoon of maple syrup Blend for 1 minute. Serve and enjoy! Tip: for a smoothie bowl consistency use frozen fruit and add ice cubes! 3 key takeaways: -Before eating your food, sit down and take ten deep breaths to activate the digestive processes. -Choose one new food every week to introduce into your diet to build up the variety in your gut microbiome. -Aim to have 5-6 servings of vegetables per day and two servings of fruit per day to help reduce your risk of chronic disease. Our favourite quotable moments: "By eating a whole food plant-based diet and avoiding processed food, you are helping to reduce your risk of chronic disease." - Bianca Sheedy Resources: Nutrient Reference Values  Email: info@biancasheedy.com Bianca's Website Bondi Health and Wellness Website Instagram Facebook LinkedIn
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November 05, 2021
How to Prevent Disease and Achieve Optimal Health with Dr Cam McDonald
Did you know you can prevent chronic disease and pain simply by personalising your lifestyle to fit your genetic code? This fascinating discovery, and many more, are the topics covered in this episode with Dr Cam McDonald, a world leader in epigenetics. In this compelling conversation, Mark and Dr Cam discuss the vital role genetics play in disease prevention, nutrition, exercise and mental health in an understandable way. You'll walk away with a new understanding of personalised health and what you can do to live your most purposeful life. In this episode, you'll learn about: -How personalising your life to align with your genetic makeup, and how those genes are expressed, can help set you up for a fulfilling and purposeful life. -What parents can do to nourish and support their children's genetic needs so they can thrive during development. -How tapping into our natural tendencies can improve our relationships with our partners. -How exercising for your health type can improve your wellbeing immensely. Our favourite quotable moment: “Your genes tell you what your potential risk is, but your lifestyle then determines which part of that risk you activate.” - Dr Cam McDonald Resources: Ph360: https://ph360.me/ LinkedIn: @DrCamMcDonald Website: http://drcammcdonald.com.au/ Twitter: @DrCamMcDonald Facebook: @DrCamsHealthSpot
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October 22, 2021
Exploring Mental Health and Wellbeing with Nick Bracks
Discover why mental wellbeing should be #1 priority when it comes to our health in this engaging conversation with Nick Bracks, the actor, model and mental health advocate. Mark and Nick cover deeply important topics about mental stress, men’s mental health, what happiness really is, pandemic anxiety and so much more. You’ll walk away from this episode with more mental health awareness and better skills to build a happier, more content life. In this episode, you'll learn about: -Mental hygiene and steps you can take in order to prevent mental health problems -The importance of being authentic and honest in your closest relationships in order to build connection and encourage good mental health for all -The misunderstanding of what happiness is, and understanding how happiness comes from within. Our favourite quotable moment: “Happiness is an inner peace. No matter what happens around me, whether bad or good, I’ve still got a level of contentment. That’s what happiness is.” - Nick Bracks Resources: Nick Bracks Website Instagram Move Your Mind Podcast
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October 08, 2021
Becoming Future Fit with Andrea Clarke
Learn how to hone your personal and professional skillset to be equipped for change! In this episode, Mark chats to the founder of Future Fit Co, Andrea Clarke, about staying relevant and competitive in the ever-changing workforce. As workplaces, industries, and operations shift during and after the pandemic, learn about embracing change, developing awareness, and staying ahead of the game. In this episode, you'll learn about: Building a more confident mindset, trusting in your abilities, and differentiating yourself in the market Responding to change proactively with adaptability. How to make radical wellbeing and work-life balance a part of your purpose. Our favourite quotable moment: “We cannot be high-performing unless we recognise that radical wellbeing is the starting point for a career that has any longevity.” – Andrea Clarke (21:44) Resources: Future Fit Website LinkedIn Instagram Facebook Future Fit Book
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September 24, 2021
Learning Behavioural Change with Bobby Cappuccio
Uncover the fundamental aspects of behavioural change with renowned coach Bobby Cappuccio and how to channel this to achieve your wellbeing goals. In this valuable episode, Bobby chats to Mark about helping people manifest change for a future that you truly desire. They dive into examining your motivation, finding purpose and aligning actions with your values to achieve success. Bobby also shares the most crucial elements for transformation: wellness and self-awareness. In this episode, you'll learn about: How to identify what you truly want and how to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. What change talk is. Identifying problems and self-generating solutions. Misconceptions and generalisations about motivation, habits and behaviour change. Our favourite quotable moment: "Self-awareness is the key to transformation; without self-awareness…you can have discipline, perseverance, courage and all of those can lead you to the exact place you do not want to be if you do not have self-awareness as a foundation." - Bobby Cappuccio (40:41) Resources: Robert Cappuccio Website LinkedIn The Self Help Antidote Podcast Instagram
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September 10, 2021
Understanding Pain with Peter O'Sullivan
Expand your understanding of pain from physiotherapist Peter O'Sullivan as he debunks common myths about pain. In one of our most popular episodes to date, Peter and Mark discuss the social and cultural constructs of pain, the links between pain and mental health, as well as living with and managing pain. You'll walk away with a better understanding of what pain is and how we need to dig deeper into exploring the causes of pain to achieve better wellbeing. In this episode, you'll learn about: How our perception of pain is significantly learned through society and culture. How common ideas around pain and pain management aren't evidence-based. How your body isn't a 'machine' – it's an organic, living thing that can be repaired and rejuvenated. Our favourite quotable moment: "Hope is one of the key ingredients for change. The body is plastic; the nervous system is plastic. It changes all the time; it has the capacity for change. It's built-in, so we need to be promoting hope - not naïve hope – not cures – but hope for the ability to learn, hope for the ability to adapt." Peter O'Sullivan (1:09:21) Resources: PeteOSullivanPT  Podcast  LinkedIn
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August 27, 2021
Motivation, Mindset and Boxing with Jonny Abs
Discover the world of boxing through the eyes of Virgin Active Australia’s Head Boxing Coach, Jonny Abaldonado (AKA ‘Jonny Abs’) as he shares his personal story and boxing journey with Mark. Jonny debunks common misconceptions about the brutal sport of boxing and explains that there’s so much more to the sport; it’s about goals, mindset, confidence, focus, discipline, determination and so much more! In this episode, you'll learn about: -How Jonny came to be the Boxing Head Coach at Virgin Active Australia, and his thoughts on boxing in society today. -How boxing can foster positive mental health through goal setting, focus, discipline and respect. -The physical and emotional benefits of boxing. Our favourite quotable moment: “A misconception about boxing is that it’s just a violent and aggressive sport. There’s definitely more that exists in boxing that’s not all about hurting your opponent, but more about discipline, strategy and technique.” – Jonny Abs Resources: Find him on Instagram @jabs_fitness_
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August 13, 2021
Better Gut Health with Dr Megan Rossi
Get better gut health for a happier, healthier life through actionable tips shared in this podcast episode with Dr Megan Rossi, the Gut Health Doctor. Megan is considered one of the most influential gut health specialists in the world. During this episode, you'll learn what the gut is, the microorganisms that live inside it, and the vital role gut health has on our body, mood and well-being. In this episode, you'll learn about: What's gut health and what the gut is, including digestion, immune health and our microbiome. What are gut health foods, and how we can diversify our diet to enhance gut health and the role caffeine, alcohol, and sugar plays. How gut health is related to mental health, and what we can do to nourish our gut and mood at the same time. Our favourite quotable moment: "Maximise your gut health through four pillars: nutrition, sleep, de-stress and movement." - Dr Megan Rossi Resources: Instagram @theguthealthdoctor Website: www.theguthealthdoctor.com Twitter @TheGutHealthDoc Facebook: @theguthealthdoctor Megan's Books and Gut Health Assessments
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July 30, 2021
Understanding the Science of Sleep with Dr. Melissa Ree
Sleep. Why do we need it? What exactly is it? Learn about the science of sleep from expert Dr Melissa Ree so you can work towards improving sleep health, mental health and overall wellbeing. Melissa shares valuable research and insights on what occurs in the brain and body during the different phases of our sleep cycles. She also explains what we can do to optimise our sleep for better feeling and functioning. In this episode, you'll learn about: What quality sleep actually is and how it differs from person to person. The impact poor sleep can have on mental health and the cycle of ‘sleep anxiety’. How to address poor sleep by changing habits and behaviours, rather than addictive and problematic sleep aids. Our favourite quotable moment: “We know that sleep is critically important to health and wellbeing. It’s now regarded as one of the three pillars of good health.” - Dr Melissa Ree (7:42) Resources: https://www.sleepmattersperth.com.au/ Facebook @sleepmattersclinic https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-ree/ Instagram: @sleepmattersclinic Google Scholar: Melissa J Ree
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July 16, 2021
Transformative Power of Yoga with Kate Pippos
Learn about the transformative power of yoga from Virgin Active Australia's Head Yoga Coach Kate Pippos, who sits down with Mark to chat about how yoga can benefit your body, mind and soul. Kate and Mark discuss common misconceptions about yoga and how it's so much more than just stretching, posing and improving flexibility. Yoga is a tool for change, and if you're willing to be open and commit to your practice, you'll reap the rewards! In this episode, you'll learn about: The holistic benefits of yoga for your body, mind and soul Underpinning philosophies of the practice of yoga Yoga as a tool to enact change in your life Our favourite quotable moment: “Yoga asks us to look inwards. To strip yourself bare and be brave enough to look at whatever it is that’s inside you.” – Kate Pippos (20:04) Resources: You can find Kate Pippos on Instagram @katepippos. Change Management Transformation Toolbox: 1. The REASON behind your desire for transformation? 2. RISKS involved in the transformation, if any? 3. RESOURCES required to deliver the transformation? 4. What or who inspired you to RAISE the transformation request? 5. What are the internal and external RETURNS to be received from the transformation? 6. Who is RESPONSIBLE for creating, testing, and implementing the transformation? 7. RELATIONSHIP between suggested transformation and other transformation?
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June 22, 2021
Music, Emotion and Mindfulness with Rich Lucano
Learn about the transcendent power of music and the impact it has on our mind and body from acclaimed composer and producer Rich Lucano. In this episode, Mark chats to Rich about the connection between music, mental health and mindset. This conversation explores the positive benefits of listening to music during exercise and mindful practices as well as listening to music with no distractions to have a powerful impact on our mind, mood and so much more. In this episode, you'll learn about: How music impacts us physiologically, cognitively, psychologically and behaviourally. The chemicals produced in the brain when we listen to music and how we can use this positively for exercise and mindfulness. How connecting with the emotions experienced when listening to music can help us process complex feelings and life events. Our favourite quotable moment: “We’re born with a heartbeat. We’re genetically fused with rhythm – we speak to communicate and there’s a melody or a cadence to the way that we relate to each other. And if we don’t communicate, we don’t survive. So in a way, melody is intrinsic to our survival. Sound is intrinsic to our survival.” – Rich Lucano (10:24) Resources: Spotify Instagram Soundcloud Indigo X Darkness is golden: Audio Experiences (Death Mediation)
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June 22, 2021
Nutrition and Mindset with Krista Scott-Dixon
Discover the links between nutrition and mindset, and the importance of a ‘big picture’ approach to health and wellness, in this informative and entertaining conversation with Krista Scott-Dixon, Director of Curriculum at Precision Nutrition. Mark and Krista discuss a range of pertinent topics from diet culture, social media influences and ‘deep health’, exploring the interconnectedness of a range of aspects of overall health. This episode provides valuable insights to guide you on your wellness journey. In this episode, you'll learn about: -How your mindset can influence your goals and ability to succeed. Sometimes what we think we want isn’t really what we’re after – how to re-examine our goals. -Understanding how what we see online is carefully curated and often there’s an underlying ‘dark side’ – how this affects mental health -The importance of support and guidance – breaking down the misconception that we must know and do it all. Our favourite quotable moment: “The secret a lot of people don’t understand is that people with what seem to be ideal lives and physiques are either very selectively showing you only their greatest hits, or underneath it, they are coping with things like disordered eating, or addictive exercise behaviours…there’s often a dark side to what looks like the perfect life.” – Krista Scott-Dixon Resources: Her book Why Me Want Eat on Amazon Australia PrecisionNutrition.com Facebook Instagram Personal website: www.stumptuous.com
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June 22, 2021
Exercise, Nutrition and Mental Health with Neuroscientist Dr Paul Taylor
Learn about the interconnectedness between the brain, nervous system, exercise, nutrition and mental health from neuroscientist Dr Paul Taylor, and how to optimise all to be the best version of yourself. In this incredibly enlightening conversation, Mark chats to Paul about motivation, what we can and can't control, and how to focus our attention on what matters to leave you inspired to live well. In this episode, you'll learn about: The interconnectedness of our body and brain, and how what we eat and the exercise we do (or don't do) impacts brain function and mental health. Focusing your attention on what matters and what you can do rather than things beyond your control. How to take the good with the bad and how constantly striving for happiness can be counterproductive. Our favourite quotable moment: “We view the world through the lens of our experience.” – Paul Taylor (13:10) Resources: MindBodyBrain The MindBodyBrain Project Podcast Instagram
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June 22, 2021
Understanding Your Ayurveda Dosha for Health with Rachel Zinman
Learn about your Ayurveda 'dosha' with Rachel Zinman and how understanding your uniqueness can improve overall health. Mark chats to Rachel about what 'dosha' is and how the ancient science of Ayurveda can help you rebalance your body. Learn how this alternative medicine can help improve your mental health, clarity, reduce stress, anxiety and depression and overall well being. In this episode, you'll learn about: The ancient science of Ayurveda and how each individual has a unique makeup of all of the elements. How to discover your dosha combination type. How understanding your dosha can help you tweak your diet, lifestyle, exercise habits, and more to create more balance. Our favourite quotable moment: "We are born healthy." - Rachel Zinman (47:13) Find Rachel on: https://www.instagram.com/rachelyogi/ https://rachelzinmanyoga.com/ https://yogafordiabetesblog.com/
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June 22, 2021
Pilates Benefits and Finding Your Tribe with Alice Scott
Learn about the positive effect Pilates can have on your body and mind and how it led Alice Scott, Head of Pilates at Virgin Active Australia, to find her tribe. In this episode, Mark chats to Alice about her journey and what it means to break the mould of the typical pilates instructor. Alice dives into common misconceptions about Pilates and how it can make a difference in your life. In this episode, you'll learn about: The benefits of Pilates and the fundamentals of the exercise philosophy originally founded by Joseph Pilates. Breaking down common misconceptions about Pilates and the positive benefits on your mental health. Learning how to surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you for better wellbeing. Our favourite quotable moment: “You’ve got to start somewhere and there’s always that road to progress – not to necessarily perfect – it’s just to know that there’s challenges along the way, but you manage those challenges.” – Alice Scott (16:58) Resources: Find Alice on Instagram.
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June 22, 2021
Virgin Active Minds
Welcome to Virgin Active Minds, a popular podcast dedicated to all things health and wellbeing. Hosted by Virgin Active's Global Head of Yoga and Pilates Mark Seeto, join us as we dive deep into exercise, nutrition, sleep, mindfulness, mental health, meditation and more. Each episode we'll be giving you the answers, one expert at a time. At Virgin Active we're all about inspiring people to live an active life. We've built premium workout spaces, designed immersive classes and have a team of Coaches ready to give you the workout experience you deserve.
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