5 ways to fitness

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The party season is coming and your LBD is looking, well, little. Read our 5 fitness tricks that work

 

Get in sync with your body clock

Don’t force yourself to go for a run first thing in the morning or take a class at night if you body clock just isn’t feeling it. The best time to exercise is when your energy is highest and if you go against this and force yourself to work out when you’re not feeling right, you won’t sustain it.

Push yourself but be realistic

If you want to become fitter, you will need to commit to your exercise regime. But there’s no point setting exercise goals that you can’t meet – otherwise you’ll stop working out all together.

Start off by working out two weekdays and one weekend day for 30 minutes each time. And if you can’t quite make that, then just exercise for 15 or 20 minutes.

Fuel up before you workout

You don’t want to eat too close to when you exercise but it is important to take in the right foods when you’re upping your fitness regime.

Make sure you eat plenty of carbs about an hour beforehand and if you’re exercising for 90 minutes or longer, include some protein so that the carbs break down more slowly, giving you longer-lasting energy. Combine some low fat cheese with crackers or scrambled eggs on whole wheat toast.

Find an exercise that works for you

If you love going to the gym and can jog on the treadmill for hours, that’s great. For other people, exercising outdoors or taking part in a team sport works better for them. Change things up as your body will get used to one type of exercise.

Get kitted out

If you really want to get into fitness mode, make sure you’ve got all the right equipment around you (especially if you’re exercising outdoors during the autumn and winter).

You don’t have to fork out a lot of money – sports chain stores and supermarkets often have special offers on workout gear. If you feel comfortable and fashionable in your new gear, you’ll be looking forward to getting togged out a few times a week!