As anyone interested in fitness should know, the nutrition habits you form before, during and after exercise can have a big impact on sports performance and body composition.
If you want to get the most out of training sessions in the gym, studio or outside, it’s important to fuel your body efficiently.
Without good nutrition, exercise alone can actually deplete your body of essential nutrients it needs to repair and rebuild.
With the New Year now begun, many people focus their efforts on setting targets and a plan to reach them. We want to help make 2018 the year you achieve your fitness goals, so we asked Samantha for her top workout routines and nutrition products tailored per objective.
Work hard, train hard, and watch those goals become reality with the Herbalife plan of 80% nutrition, 20% workout.
1. HEAD TO THE BARRE
This style of training is made up of traditional moves modified to suit all levels. A ballet barre is used to help you balance while doing isometric strength exercises (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles), combined with high reps of movements with a small range of motion.
Barre classes combine gentle strength exercises (using body-weight) with flexibility and coordination. The slow and purposeful movements help with muscular control and core stability.
Remember to tighten your glutes!
2. SAMANTHA’S FAVOURITE YOGA POSES
- Bridge pose to strengthen the glutes and hamstrings.
- Plank and side plank are great for toning the abdominal muscles.
- Warrior one for strengthening the legs and stretching the torso.
- Downward dog to stretch out the back of your legs and tone the upper back and shoulders.
3. HIT THE BIKE
Take your pick from a stationary bike at home or in the gym, or try a spin class (often highly energetic with loud music and a definite fun factor).
Alternatively, take to the wheels and enjoy the chance to explore the outdoors, or use it as your daily commute by cycling to or from work.
This low-impact exercise can be tailored to your fitness goals and interests. It’s great for burning calories, building muscle, challenging endurance and improving overall fitness.
4. SAMANTHA’S GO-TO MOVES FOR MUSCLE TONE
- Lateral lunges for inner and outer thigh.
- Push-ups for working your chest and core.
- Upright row for the traps and shoulders.
- Squats for working your glutes and legs
5. BEAT THE BOXER
With moves that promote fat-burning as well as toning up the arms, core and thighs, boxing is a full-body workout that, once you know the moves, can be done anywhere, anytime. You can find Samantha’s guide
to her favourite boxing moves, by visiting the Healthy Living pages on Herbalife.co.uk.
Boxing burns calories, releases stress and helps to sculpt strong muscles and a lean physique. “Boxing is good because you can truly test your cardiorespiratory
system, build strength and improve your coordination, all at once,” says Samantha.