“Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your body weight gets down to your goal-weight. 

Starting the year strong (part two)

The new year inevitably brings a load of fitness goals with it. Almost EVERYONE on earth wants to achieve the body that media has taught us is the most desirable shape. While there are many different body ‘shapes’, we’re going to talk about how to get into the best HEALTHY shape.

The key to getting your body to respond to training is twofold.

You need training which increases in difficulty over time, and you need to recover from each session adequately to take on the next one. These two ideas apply no matter what your training consists of, but we’ll use running as an example.

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Last week, we talked about the training part. In this article, we’ll discuss recovery. We’ll continue to use running as our example, for the sake of continuity.

RECOVERY

So you’ve started training. You finish your first very short, but very tiring run, and head home. How do you go about getting ready for the next run?

There are really three main variables to consider here. Your sleep, food, and supplements. These are the main things which will allow you to increase the intensity of your exercising over time. They will allow you to run just that little bit further for a little longer next time!

Sleep

In terms of sleep, you’re aiming for as close to eight hours per night as possible. And you want quality sleep, too. Comfy bed and pillow, dark room, and quiet environment are all important. It’s also a good idea not to look at a phone screen before you try to sleep.

Food

Your food should be tailored to the activity you’re doing, but with a focus on getting enough protein and carbs to sustain your activity without being overkill. Obviously you also want to eat healthily, and drink enough water.

Supplements

And in terms of supplements, you’ll have to decide what you need and what your body responds to. I would recommend creatine, ZMA, and fish oil. But you may have your own ideas.

If you get these things right, you should be recovered enough from the first outing to complete number two successfully. The just repeat over and over again.

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