by Lucy Wyndham-Read
If you want to start getting fit and stripping off excess body fat then running is the perfect choice for you. The great thing is you can be an absolute beginner and by starting to add some intervals of running you can expect to see some impressive results.
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Running is one of the fastest ways to shape up and slim down. Especially for a flat stomach as like other forms of high-intensity aerobic exercise, running is proven to reduce abdominal fat and sculpt your waistline.
The other great thing is that as with any exercise, this helps reduce those heavy carb or sugar cravings. So it is a great way to control your appetite, as once you have worked out, your body wants good healthy food choices and hydrating. Plus, from exercising you will have pushed up your calorie burn so you are burning off excess calories. This really is the tip of the iceberg as the benefits for running run deep down (excuse the pun).
So how to start? Well, I recommend you take a measurement of your waist using a cloth measuring tape and do this at the narrowest point of your waist, then make a note of this number. You should then look at doing this weekly and always on the same day and at the same time. You can expect to see the inches go down quickly as that tummy fat disappears and those waist muscles tighten up. Using this method, you can easily not only tone up your body but also weekly improve your running and this can take you from never running before to being able to become a regular runner. Meaning that tummy fat never comes back!!
If you are a complete beginner to running then do this routine:
Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 1 minute, repeat this 5 times.
If you are a runner, but want to strip your belly fat then do this:
Jog for 2 minutes, then run 40 seconds, and sprint for 20 seconds, repeat 5 times.
Aim to do this 4 times a week, then each week repeat the interval session an extra time. For beginners you will find that by week 3 you can start replacing the walking with gentle jogging.
It is important to also focus on eating foods that help to keep your abs flat, so avoid processed foods, high fat and high sugar foods. Aim to eat foods and meals which you prepare yourself.
One of my favourites is something I call “Flat Tummy Chicken Miso Soup with Noodles”, which is simple to prepare. Boil some water and use miso paste to make a stock, then pour this over some whole-wheat noodle and cook for 20 minutes. Add some cabbage leaves and mushrooms, and then once cooked, serve with a cooked chicken breast.
When it comes to dancing you don’t get any more glamorous then the beautiful and super talented Kristina Rihanoff. I was lucky enough to catch up with her at the opening of the “Everyone Active Westcroft Leisure Centre” the other day, and got to learn how she stays in such amazing shape, and she shared with me some tips on how she always has that gorgeous glowing skin when she is performing.
LWR: So firstly I have to ask how old were you when you first started dancing, and was it always your dream?
KR: I actually had wanted to be a ballerina, and at the age of 6 my mother took me to a ballet school, but they discovered that I had what is known as a very tight hip turnout, which would have meant it would have been very painful, so they suggested I try ballroom, and this is how I then trained, and learned lots of styles of dance from ballroom to disco.
LWR: So do you think dancing is a good activity for children to do, as nowadays kids have become so inactive with new technology, and childhood obesity is now an epidemic?
KR: Dancing is such a great way to keep fit, and it is more than just dancing, it is a sport, and you not only get fit, but it gives you so many interaction skills and helps with confidence. So it is great for young kids, but to be honest for any age, and I have helped promote the everyone active school of dance, encouraging us all to get fit and healthy.
LWR: Are you super good with your nutrition?
KR: I have always eaten well, and growing up I had a very healthy diet. We lived in Russia near a seaport, so ate lots of fresh fish. I just eat sensibly, and would never eat fried, unhealthy foods.Learn More
by Lucy Wyndham-Read
From having over 17 years as a personal trainer and having helped thousands of people get in shape, I can tell you honestly it is easier than you think. I apply what is known as the D.I.P.S Method and if you do this, then you simply get “Your Sexiest Body Ever”.
So here’s how it works:
© by Lucy Wyndham-Read
It is that time of year again where we all feel inspired to write our list of new year’s resolutions, and this year will be the year that we stick to them!! Setting bold promises such as: I will be strutting my super-toned body in my Melissa Odabash bikini, or I will run the 10k race for life this year, or I will be going to the gym for more than a latte!!
We all start with great intentions, but then obstacles creep up, and often our motivation slowly disintegrates. And the further into January we head, the further we drift away from our resolutions. So here are my top 10 ways to help you keep on track and stay motivated to keep those resolutions alive and kicking.Learn More
By Lucy Wyndham-Read
With Christmas parties, office dos, social events, and family get-togethers over the festive period, it is so easy to gain those extra pounds with the abundance of extra food, which is often composed of more indulgent choices than we would normally make. So it is no surprise that on average we gain 5lbs over the Christmas period, according to The British Dietetic Association. So here are a few ways you can be sure to keep control of your waistline over Christmas. (more…)Learn More
Top 10 tricks to curb Sugar Cravings
By Lucy Wyndham-Read
“A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”, to quote Mary Poppins. Well, it may do that, but a spoonful of sugar also helps the waistline go up!
The more sugar we have in our diet, the more we crave it, which then leads to energy slumps, and means we are less likely to exercise, and on creeps the weight. This then becomes a bit of a negative spiral. Yet with these simple tricks on how to curb your sugary cravings, you can start increasing your energy and reducing your waistline and jumping on the positive spiral, and you will soon easily be able to say NO to those high-sugar and fatty snacks! (more…)Learn More