5 Fitness Tricks You've Never Tried, But You Must
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Have you found your workout is getting stale recently? Or you're just not pumped to go for your evening run? We know how you feel.
With the weather getting colder, it's far more tempting to hide inside with a glass of wine and a boxset.
However, we've got a few fitness tricks and tips up our sleeves that might just reboot your love for getting sweaty. If you haven't given them a try, now is your chance...
1) Do Interval Training Instead Of Going For A Run
Thought running was the best exercise you could do to build stamina and lose a few pounds? It turns out interval training is way better.
Just twenty minutes of interval training (or HIIT) produces the same physiological effects in the body and improved performance as 90 minutes of steady jogging, according to the Journal of Physiology.
Staying hydrated is super important. We'd recommend drinking half a glass of Montmorency cherry juice after you finish working out to help aid recovery.
2) Drink Black Coffee Before You Workout
Yep, it's true! If you drink a normal sized cup of black coffee before you work out, it actually helps burn fat, reduces muscle pain and improves focus.
Drinking coffee is also said to improve your running time, according to a study by the British Journal of Sports Science. Time to put a brew on!
3) Sleeping In A Cold Room Helps Burn Fat
Sleeping in a cool room increases the percentage of brown fat in your body. This type of fat acts like muscle, helping burn other fats and increases your metabolic rate.
This was according to a study by the National Institutes of Health. Good excuse to keep the heating off and save money on bills, right?
Can't sleep? Did you know that eating tart cherries or drinking cherry juice will help you sleep? Not only do they increase your sleep time, but they improve the quality of your sleep as well, leaving you feeling well rested for your next session.
4) Feeling Rubbish? Workout For At Least 10 Minutes
Often when you are feeling down and tired, the last thing you want to do is exercise. However, exercising increases levels of serotonin in the brain, which ultimately makes you feel happier.
If you still aren't feeling good about 10 minutes of pounding the treadmill, then maybe give yourself a break and head home. However, it's far more likely you'll feel better afterwards if you give it a go.
5) Eat Cherries After Working Out
Who doesn't love eating cherries? The good news is they could actually benefit your workout.
Cherries are full of antioxidants, low in fat and high in water content - plus they are proven to reduce muscular pain and promote recovery after exercising.
More athletes than ever before are choosing to drink tart cherry juice after their workout.
So grab a bag of cherries to snack on post-run - or try making this awesome recipe for tart cherry recovery gummies. They are so simple and delicious.