May in the US is National Physical Fitness & Sport month and a few weeks ago I was asked by the lovely people at Bankers Healthcare Group to spread the word about the importance of fitness with you all …
1 – What is your favourite way to stay active? Running? HIIT? Weight training? Sports? Personally I try to vary my routine to keep myself more interested & engaged in fitness. I do fasted cardio in a morning before work and then hit gym in an evening for either a weight based session or something more calisthenic based such as a Body-weight or LBT class.
2. How many times a week to you strive to workout? I try to workout twice a day, 5 days a week and walk as much as I can as well during the day as having a desk job means I rarely move much from 8.30am until after 5pm. Weekends are my ‘rest’ days but now that the weather is improving these will be getting used for going off on mini adventures as opposed to sitting on my butt watching Friends or Top Gear re-runs!
3. Is there a pre/post workout routine you would like to share? Eat well during the day to fuel yourself, always warm up before starting your workout, make time to cool down and stretch/ roll it out at the end and make sure you re-hydrate after. Coconut water is great for re-hydration.
4. Do you have any tips on injury prevention? Listen to your body. I am a great believer in pushing yourself to work harder, go further & lift more but if your body is screaming at you & not just because you’re tired, listen to it. Other than that, wear the right kit, drink plenty and always warm up & cool down properly.
5. How does nutrition play into your fitness regimen? Nutrition is massively important, you wouldn’t put the wrong fuel in your tank at the petrol station would you? Pizza & chips may taste great but they will get you nowhere on the treadmill. Eat right, fuel right & get results.
6. What health benefits do you find most attractive about staying active? (Physical, psychological, or both!)For me it’s both. I cover my body hang ups & demons in my ‘Rocking Body‘ post and exercise really helps. It helps to de-stress after a hard day at work, unwind and sleep better. Plus you can see results & that’s a great motivator too.
7. What do you do to stay motivated when you are exhausted/under the weather/etc.? Progress pictures are a great help when it comes to motivation. Seeing how far you have come and the gains you have got from working hard spurs you on. However, saying that sometimes I just know that I’m really not well and that I just need to go home, eat carbs and get into bed. On those days I listen to my body, give it what it wants and then pick myself up the next day, shake off the bad day I’ve obviously had and get back on the fitness wagon. We all have bad days. It’s how we handle them that matters.
8. How has your fitness routine/goals changed throughout the years? Why?Until 2007 I had never even stepped into a gym before, although I had a treadmill at home and had ran my first 5k. The I met Paul and he had much fitter and healthier outlook on life than I did and he introduced me to the gym. However, it wasn’t until about 18 months ago that I really got into it. I was about to hit 30 and decided that I wanted to be fitter and healthier than ever and started hitting the gym more regularly. In the last 5 months I’ve really committed to the lifestyle and started seeing the benefits.
I really hope that you get something from this post,and let me know your thoughts below and I’ll catch you again soon, until then though x
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