How you choose to work out depends on what goals you have – are you looking to get fitter, get stronger or lose weight? Maybe you’re looking at a combination of all three!
A great place to start is our own exercise videos. The endurance videos, including mountain climbers, squats and jumping jacks are great for getting fitter and losing weight, while our strength videos use resistance bands to help build stronger muscles. They’re easy to do at home and you can adjust them depending on your fitness levels.
If you’re joining a gym, you’ll often be given an induction where staff will help to tailor your routine to your fitness levels and goals. You can also speak to the staff there about hiring a personal trainer – this might be a service your gym provides already, and if not they will probably be able to point you in the direction of some great trainers.
If you're new to working out at home, try our easy 10 minute workout for beginners.
Diet is a really important factor to consider when starting your workout regime. An increase in activity will create higher nutritional needs – your muscles will be using extra glycogen for energy, and will require extra protein to grow and repair, and you’ll also use up or lose nutrients as you work out. Therefore it’s important that your diet can provide everything your body needs!
Protein and healthy carbs are particularly important. You can get protein from good-quality meat, tofu, beans, pulses, seeds and nuts, whilst complex carbohydrates come from wholegrains like brown rice, brown pasta, quinoa, buckwheat flour, potatoes and other starchy vegetables.
Have a look at our article on the top 5 foods to help you recover from your workout for some more tips!
Ah that old question! Protein shakes are advertised as a must-have for anyone doing any form of exercise, but do you really need one?
The truth is that not everyone does – it all depends on how much protein you get from your diet, and how intense your workouts actually are. Many people opt instead for protein bars or high-protein snacks such as nut butters.
However, if your diet can’t keep up with the amount of exercise you’re doing, then a protein shake can be really useful! Try some natural, wholesome brands like Pulsin and Purition rather than chemical-filled ones.
Incorporate these recipes into your diet to help provide the energy, protein, healthy carbs and other nutrients you need to support your active lifestyle.
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