The importance of re-fuelling after exercise by CPT's female personal trainer, Lou.

The importance of re-fuelling after exercise by CPT's female personal trainer, Lou.

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Incorporating regular exercise into your daily routine is one of the most important parts of the day, as it relieves stress, releases the endorphins (the feel good factor) and helps to keep you in shape. However, some people underestimate the importance of re-fuelling with the right nutrients after working out. Re-fuelling your body plays the largest role in supplying your body with everything that it will need to repair, rebuild, recover and adapt to the strain you just placed on your muscles.

The initial feeling post exercise will be fantastic; you will feel full of energy and motivated in whatever tasks you may have at hand. However, directly after exercise your appetite could be lacking for a half an hour or so. Once this window has passed, ensure to feed your body with the nutrients it needs to build and repair your muscles. If you neglect your body from the fuel it requires to function efficiently the euphoric feeling will quickly diminish, as there will be nothing left in the tank, which will make you feel extremely lethargic.  Think of it like a car running on no petrol – it cannot function!

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London Personal Trainer, Lou shares the secret of the balancing act between exercise and nutrition

London Personal Trainer, Lou shares the secret of the balancing act between exercise and nutrition

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The end of January is upon us and some of our optimistic New Years resolutions may have already tailed off slightly, predominately from the last few weeks of bitter cold mornings and evenings. January is already one of the hardest months, let alone when trying to maintain a strict, structured work out and diet plan, so to anyone that has fallen off the bandwagon slightly, do not beat yourself up!!

The problem is that many of us try to go for it from the get go after Christmas which can result in maintenance being almost impossible.  Depriving yourself completely from many of your favourite foods is definitely not the answer to ensuring that you keep up with your plans throughout the year. So if you have broken some of your resolutions that were going so well, and feel that you’ve failed, you are wrong, just ensure that you change your regime slightly! If you feel that you need the extra push and motivation to get you back on track, then our Chelsea personal trainers can certainly help you to achieve your goals.

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Water: why personal trainers recommend drinking a lot of it!

Water: why personal trainers recommend drinking a lot of it!

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I like to think that I have a sense of humour. Unfortunately, this sense seems to escape me when I need it the most. I wish for any jokes to come to mind when I try to be influential in persuading others to engage in more exercise, eat well, keep a healthy mental attitude and drink more water.  The reason is because I know a sense of humour is one of the best ways to relay a key message. Let’s see if what I fail to do in person, I can convey and maintain in this blog about the importance of drinking enough water throughout the day, every day, everyday. This blog will identify some of the facts, myths and benefits of drinking water and give some practical recommendations to ease water into your everyday lives. It has the potential to get personal and lack a sense of humour too!

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Juices, smoothies, detox drinks; are they making you fat?

Juices, smoothies, detox drinks; are they making you fat?

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Juice bars are popping up everywhere in London. Perhaps they will become the new ‘cafes’? They offer that little luxury and a new kind of chill out place attracting the health conscious. You can buy juices with protein powder for added marketing effect (‘helps with muscle gain’) and antioxidants (‘free yourself from free radicals’).

As part of a balanced diet, a vegetable or fruit juice or a smoothie is an enjoyable beverage. As a meal replacement either once a day or replacing all three meals a day, this is a dangerous diet option.

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