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Winter Workout Hacks To Lose Weight

Is your winter body giving you the sads?

So many of us fall off the exercise wagon as soon as the temperature drops; however, the best time to work on your summer body is actually in winter.

Having a clearly defined summer body goal is essential in knowing which exercises to do in winter. When it comes to your fitness, are you looking to lose weight, build muscle or tone your current body shape? 

Tip #1 - Make Exercise A Part Of Your Every Day

Recent studies show ten minutes of daily exercise can give great results. Take a change of clothes to work and do stair climbs, hill sprints or even a fast-paced walk on your lunch break. If your schedule doesn’t allow you to go to the gym as often as you’d like, use the city as your gym.

Tip #2 – Get The Right Gear

If the cold weather is keeping you indoors, get into gear with the right training attire. Most mega department stores sell affordable basics, so look out for warm and lightweight layers. If you’re going to be running, make sure you invest in a good pair of trainers. You’re just a Northface puffer vest away from success.

Tip # 3 - Change Your Body’s Rhythm

The most efficient time to burn calories is first thing in the morning.

Some athletes fast before training, but you can cheat this by hitting the gym on an empty stomach first thing in the morning as a great way to target fat reserves. Try having a black coffee for some extra motivation, but make sure you stay hydrated.

These Supplements Will Burn Fat Whilst You Sleep! Meet L-Carnatine and Glutanine

L-Carnatine and Glutanine are a dynamic duo of amino acids most commonly available in powder form.

Here’s what you need to know about these #ubersupplements.

What Is L-Carnatine?

L-Carnatine comes from the amino acids lysine and methionine and helps the body burn fat as an energy source.

According to a 2013 study, a dietary supplement containing 500mg of L-Carnatine per day – along with combined exercise - resulted in a significant amount of weight loss in the participants. The results showed that an average of 400g of body fat was lost in just four weeks, without any participants changing their diets.

What Is Glutamine?

Glutamine is also a type of amino acid, aiding in your immune system’s function and muscle repair. What’s so good about glutamine is that it is converted into glucose in the kidneys, without affecting your body’s glucagon and insulin counts.

While Glutamine contributes to your body’s overall energy supply, it also bypasses the insulin-induced fat storage - which ultimately means your cravings for sugar are reduced. Pretty good right?

Glutamine supplements can minimize the breakdown of muscle whilst improving metabolism.

What Is Pre-Workout and Why Do You Need It?

Are you overwhelmed by what’s on offer when you walk into any of the gym supplements stores out there?

There are a lot of conflicting ideas about what ACTUALLY works, as well as there being so many products to choose from that are all similarly packaged.

Across the next few blog posts, I’ll be breaking down the Top 5 supplements that you need to know about to compliment your weight training.

I’m often asked about pre-workout formulas and why you might need them as part of a regular exercise regime. 

What Is Pre-Workout Formula?

Pre-workout formula is an energetic enhancer taken before training to promote energy, strength, endurance, power and focus. Regardless of brand, all pre-workout forumulas generally contain a strong does of caffeine or its derivatives.

Why Not Just Have a Coffee Before Exercise?

Pre-workout formulas also contain the additional benefits like the list of amino acids below, which:

  • Arginine to enhance circulation
  • Tyrosine to produce dopamine
  • Carnitine which body uses to turn fat into energy
  • Vitamin C to speed up recovery
  • Folic acid to help your body produce and maintain new cells

How Much Pre-Workout Should You Use?

The number one most important thing to note about pre-workout formula is to watch your dosage. They are quote powerful stimulants, so as you begin using pre-workout, try using half the recommended amount - and ideally only use them in the early morning – working up to a full dose over a monthly period.