Top 10 fitness tips with Master Trainer – Matt Gleed
Top 10 fitness tips
If you’re just starting out on your fitness journey, the amount of information and advice offered to get you fit can be overwhelming. If you’re unsure where to begin, here are Matrix Master Trainer Matt Gleed’s, 10 top tips to get you started.
- Take up spinning
Spinning is a fantastic, fast workout to build muscle tone, increase cardio endurance and burn calories. It’s a low impact exercise, with reduced risks of injury and you can track your progress. The group exercise mentality can also be motivational and build confidence.
- Get a heart rate monitor to monitor your effort
Your heart rate is an accurate way to indicate and measure your exercise intensity and track progress. It gives you data on your effort and in doing so can act as a personal coach by highlighting when you need to increase the intensity or when to slow down. It also gives you a clear evaluation of your cardiovascular ability during activity and indicates your heart’s ability to recover.
- Hit the greens
Grab a super green smoothie in the morning to fuel you through the day. Try a green trio of Kale, Chard leaves and Parsley, with coconut milk. Give your smoothie a boost with chia seeds, hemp seeds and matcha green tea for extra energy.
- Download an app to track your fitness efforts
Seeing the data is key to staying motivated. You want to see the benefits of the effort you’re putting in. There are numerous apps, fitness trackers or GPS watches that will do this. You just need to find the one that suits your activities most.
- Drink beetroot juice
It wasn’t until 2009 that the benefits of beetroot juice came to the attention of athletes. The anti-oxidants help towards a 12% improvement of cardio function, boosting performance.
- Consistency is key
It’s not the workout you do one day a week that counts, it’s the benefit from the consistent three workouts a week that will show you a difference. These workouts can be shorter in duration, but the consistency of these will pay off more than one big workout a week. If your time is short try HIIT workouts or the shorter class options at the gym.
- Water intake
Drink a glass of water every morning; it gets your body working better straight away by flushing out toxins and it boosts the immune system, increases your energy and helps relieves fatigue.
- Try gluten free
It’s amazing how many people feel bloated, so try including some gluten free options into your diet. These are now readily available in most supermarkets and trying a gluten free bread option, may help you increase your activity.
- Take up a sport
Joining a team is a great way to get back into and maintain fitness and activity levels. You can get back to a sport you loved, or try something new. Either way, it will help maintain fitness and activity levels.
- Change it up
Make sure you’re not getting stuck in a workout rut. Change up your gym workouts every six weeks to challenge your body in different ways and to ensure you stay motivated. Try changing the number of sets and reps or even better the exercises to keep your body challenged.
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