Pre-workout Nutrition tips

A good way to think about food is to remember it’s your body’s fuel. Like a car running on fuel, if your body is running on empty, it doesn’t operate well. The way you fuel your body affects your performance and also your mood! We’ve all been in the situation when we realised we didn’t eat properly and therefore suffered throughout our workout. We felt irritated, impatient, dizzy, close to fainting (hitting the wall). On the other hand if we have eaten a big meal just before the workout we could experience belly pain, stitches, heavy body. PRE WORKOUT TIPS Stay hydrated Make sure you’re well hydrated by drinking lots of water in the 12 hours before your exercise. Try to avoid drinking big quantities directly before your session. I personally only sip water last 1-2 hours immediately before more intense exercise, otherwise I suffer with stitch. Don’t eat too much directly before the workout Don’t eat large volumes of food for at least two hours before exercise (perhaps even three to four hours before if you’re especially prone to stitches). Fuel your body properly Fuelling your body with the right nutrients prior to exercise will give you the energy and strength you need to perform better. Each macronutrient has a specific role before a workout. However, the ratio in which you need to consume them varies by the individual and type of exercise. Which type of macronutrient shall I concentrate on? CARBOHYDRATES Carbs are vital during shorter high-intensity exercise when the body cannot process enough oxygen to meet its needs. Carbs keep the brain and nervous system functioning—When...

5 Tips on how to stay motivated this Autumn/Winter

Quote from Billy Connolly “I hate all those weathermen, too, who tell you that rain is bad weather. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing, so get yourself a sexy raincoat and live a little.” If you’re anything like most of the people, you’ll be all too familiar with the following scenario. You lay out your workout gear before bed with virtuous intentions for the next morning. “I’ll definitely feel like getting up in the freezing cold for a 7 am HIIT class!” you tell yourself. Then your alarm sounds and it’s the last thing you feel like doing. “It’s fine, I’ll do a run after work” you convince your inner couch potato, only to cave into a colleague’s invitation to after-work drinks instead. Or opt for a cosy night in front of the TV with a bowl of something beige. Of course, it’s fine to do this every so often. But as we know, it’s all about balance, and it’s worth doing at least some exercise in the colder months, for the sake of both your physical and mental health. When was the last time you felt worse after a workout? Exactly. Shame it’s so damn hard to get ourselves in the mood. So here are my tips on how to motivate ourselves to get moving when the mercury plummets. Book a class or join a club It is arguably the best time ever to be a fitness fanatic in Guernsey right now with so many fun and interesting classes at our disposal. Try Jumping Fitness classes, they are a really fun way of...

Why shall we take care of our GLUTES?

When it comes to getting your behind into shape, it’s about more than liking how you look in your clothes. We know that the glutes can do so much more than look great in jeans. Think about it… our glutes help us stand, walk, bend, get on and off the sofa and in and out of the car. To learn more about functions and exercise tips for Glutes click here: Why we should take care of our...