Spending time at the gym should be good for your health, but fitness centres are a breeding ground for germs, according to data from Nuffield Health Unhygienic habits mean you could risk leaving the gym with more than muscle soreness – you could be heading home with an illness, too! Up to a third of gym goers work out without deodorant and nearly a fifth exercise with a cold. To beat gym bugs, Sarah Marsh, head of fitness and wellbeing at Nuffield Health says it’s important to wipe equipment after use, wash gym clothes between workouts, and avoid sharing items such as towels. For more information about fitness etiquette, log on to nuffieldhealth.com/fitnessguide.
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FITNESS BULLETIN PUT FITNESS FIRST
Scientists at the University of Glasgow recently discovered that exercising before breakfast results in greater fat loss than a post-brekkie workout! For ideas for quick pre-breakfast moves, follow Quaker’s Two-Minute Mover workouts on the Quaker YouTube page to fire up your fat burners before filling your belly.
Listen up, walkers! The pedometer has had a makeover and been named the Fitbug Air. The Fitbug device records steps taken, calories burned and distance covered. However – and here’s the clever bit – it also syncs wirelessly with your smartphone to record your achievements and send you encouraging text messages. Available from fitbug.com for £49.99.
BURN FAT FAST
Want to pummel pounds? According to research in the Journal of Applied Physiology, aerobic exercise is the best way to boost weight loss. The study found treadmill running and exercising on the elliptical machine better at burning fat than weight- lifting routines, while achieving the same results as cardio and strength workouts used in combination.
‘I was an aerobics instructor and PT in college, so I was addicted to exercise. Now I like weight training and abs work I hate the elliptical, I hate jogging and I despise cardio, so I try to do my cardio within my workout.’ Eva Longoria.
TRAIN LIKE A STAR
Call us silly for stating the obvious, but fit kit created by one of the nation’s top trainers is bound to be good, and the latest range of home fitness kit from celebrity trainer Matt Roberts is just that. From resistance cuffs (pictured below), to medicine balls and kettlebells, the collection includes everything home exercisers need for an A-list workout. Prices from £7.99; Argos.
Even if you exercise regularly, you can undo your hard work by overeating – and the cold weather makes it particularly tempting to overindulge Blast bad eating habits with these tips from personal trainer Charlotte Ord, fitness expert for Maxitone. 1. Plan ahead. When it comes to your diet, it pays to plan what you’re going to eat during the coming week 2. Prepare meals. Make the bulk of your meals at the beginning of the day to avoid gorging on stodgy foods. 3. Think twice. Consider how hungry you are before making an impulsive decision to eat a sugary snack.
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