How Often Do You Workout?
I train 6 times each week at the moment. (This is usually 4 runs of varied intensity ready for the marathon and 2 workouts.) My rest day is usually a Saturday. I love the variety in my training as it keeps me focused and motivated, the strength and endurance training compliments each other and makes me fitter, stronger and more efficient. Life is often very busy, but I prioritise workouts and getting active because I know how important my physical and mental health is.
I need to move for both my body and mind to feel good, less stressed and healthy. Try not to think about the amount of time initially, some of my workouts are 30 minutes long – I listen to my body, how it feels, whether it’s recovered and tailor my workouts around that or what my schedule allows due to time availability!
What’s the best way to lose belly fat?
Now this is a question that I get asked a lot! I’m sure that lots of people would love for me to say that there is a flat tummy secret or quick and easy solution, but unfortunately that’s not true. When it comes to reducing body fat there are lots of things to consider; how much exercise you’re doing, your diet, how much sleep you’re getting and the quality of it, stress in your life, all play a part. It’s important to focus on all aspects of health, sustainability around your busy life and not to focus solely on weight loss.
One thing that I do know is that ‘flat tummy’ tea’s or meal replacement drinks are never a good idea! They are not a healthy sustainable way to lose body fat and they can be very dangerous. The best way to reduce your body fat in a healthy way is to get active throughout your day!
Walking at lunchtime, walking meetings, running, resistance training sessions, yoga, weight lifting and jogging are all great ways to burn calories and strengthen your core muscles. When it comes to diet, make sure that you’re eating simple ingredient foods from a variety of food groups, reduce the amount of processed sugars and packaged foods, think about the nutritious value of your meals and how big your portion sizes are.
Which trainers are best for running?
I have been running in Asics for all of my marathon training! For me, they are by far the best running shoe for running. They are very supportive, especially for my narrow feet and have plenty of cushion from impact. If you need advice on running shoes, go to a running specialist store like Run & Become or The Running Works. They offer free consultations with footwear specialist and you get to actually run in the trainers before you buy, which is awesome!
How do you stay motivated?
Well, I always say that motivation comes and goes, some days I am motivated, some days I just want to stay sat on the sofa in the warm! The most important thing is staying disciplined, having a routine and planning my week of workouts and getting active around my weekly schedule on a Sunday night REALLY helps.
Training towards a goal is a great way to get motivated, so I sign up to races throughout the year, set myself challenges of weights I’d like to lift or bodyweight movements I’d like to master. If you need help to keep you motivated send me a DM or check out what we offer; www.huntfitness.co.uk or @huntfitnessuk
Do you lift weights?
Personally, I love to – strength training is awesome for getting results, building stability and is a great workout if you’re time poor like me! When you can lift weights you couldn’t before – you feel SO strong, it’s an awesome feeling. With my clients we work on functional movements, technique when moving and lifting and building effective strength training programmes to get results. It’s not scary once you know what you’re doing – so let us help!
What’s your current fitness goal?
Completing the London Marathon and aiming for 3 hours 30 mins but we’ll see! I’d like to continue getting stronger and getting more in tune with the fuel/nutrition my body needs to perform at its best. LEARN ALL THE TIME I say!
What’s the best way to avoid injuries?
SLEEP!! Plus, it’s important to wear supportive shoes if you’re running a lot of miles. If you’re returning to exercise or new to exercise improving your mobility and strengthening your core muscles will always help you to move better and this will help prevent injury too. Also try not to under-estimate the importance of rest and sleep!