Do not be square
Getting in shape has new significance thanks to Nike’s latest shoe technology. The alternative? They have replaced the soles of their Nike Free trainers with a hexagone shape pattern (if you didn’t pay attention in geometry course it’s the pentagon shape with six sides). This turn in a more natural position, providing you with a greater range of movement, and more to the point, making your muscles work better and lets your foot twist.
Think of this superfood as the powder equivalent of a relaxing massage. “It’s the best thing you can do for the body after exercise,” says Christina Howells, London-based personal trainer and Thatgirllondon.com creator. It’s also a strong antioxidant that is everything you need to fight free radical creation (which breaks down muscles) created during exercise.”
InStyle trick: Can not stomach the taste? Sprinkle it over salad or a stir-fry instead.
We are all guilty of slouching at our desks or hunching over our ipads but in regards to work out lousy posture is more than just a poor look – it can undo all the blood-circulating benefits of a lunchtime spinning type. “Being in the ideal position and positioning while you work out is vital,” supports osteopath Amberin Fur who was part of GB’s medical team for the London 2012 Olympics. “With even the slightest change to the right position it is possible to recruit the wrong muscles to start working, meaning you’ll be strengthening those muscles that keep you in a hunch-like posture. Her guidance? Whichever type of workout you prefer (from pilates to running or cycling) ask your instructor to detail what the proper bearing is before you begin.
InStyle suggestion: Reserve a session with Amberin to erase patterns of poor posture and feel immediately lighter after just one session ().
Pattern Approach, from GBP135, 020 7706 1997, Osteopath UK
Take a hit (of caffeine)
Besides preventing you from falling asleep at your desk – particularly after one too many cocktails the night before – coffee actually boosts your body’s fat-burning abilities. The grab? Drink your cuppa before your work out not after. “I consistently have an effective organic double espresso just before I hit the fitness center to improve the breakdown and release of fat and boost my energy and mental focus also,” says Howells. But keep it black, Howells warns. “All the extras available at your local coffee shop – like chocolate sprinkles and even milk – is only going to add on unneeded calories.”
InStyle trick: Black coffee not for you? Add a dash to your own brew – it’s dairy- less calorific than most and free sugar-laden milk alternatives.
Feel the burn
Planning a steady 15k run in the sun this weekend? That’s one way to get healthy but when you want to burn fat quick training in brief blasts of high energy (we’re speaking shoving yourself to the complete max) is the ticket. High intensity interval training has been around for years but the hottest spin on this work out strategy combines heart-pounding intense cardio with super -sculpting pilates exercises. Enter Bootcamp Pilates’s High Intensity Interval Pilates sessions – you’ll be sweating but the fat-blasting benefits you will see after just a couple of sessions will ensure it is well worthwhile!