Let the Olympics begin – and get fit whilst watching
Whoâ€™s looking forward to tonight? The Opening Ceremony marking the start of the Olympics is finally upon us and weâ€™re excited to see what all the hours of training, preparation and hard work has created. If itâ€™s anything like Chinaâ€™s 2008 Beijing Olympicâ€™s Opening Ceremony, weâ€™re betting itâ€™s going to be pretty spectacular. Good luck everyone whoâ€™s taking part!
As itâ€™s summer, and weâ€™re going to be inundated with images of these fabulous sporting bodies, itâ€™s about time we started working on our own. These athletes have given us inspiration to start hitting the gym and getting a little healthier, and with this hot spell itâ€™s the perfect time to strip down and show those toned muscles. Hereâ€™s our how to on a quick fix body work-out that will help you release endorphins and tighten your muscles. It all results in a healthier look, so what are you waiting for? Start getting fit now!
Interval training is a great way to burn fat and see fast results. Some find interval training easier than regular training which sees you working out at a constant rate. The effects often take longer which can lead to people giving up. Hereâ€™s how you do it:
After your warm up of a gentle jog or lighter exercise, sprint for 5 minutes. Work out as hard as you can for this time, then slow to a walk for the next 2 minutes. What youâ€™re looking for is a sudden raise in your heart beat, then a drop to a relatively normal level. Repeat this for half an hour. The effort in raising your heart-rate and letting your body recover is what helps you lose weight quick. Try this with all your work-outs and youâ€™ll notice a difference soon. Here at BrandAlley HQ, we take the walk in to the office each morning as our 10 minute work-out. We walk fast raising our heart rate and then sit down for the cool down â€“ everything can be turned into a work out!
For those of us who want more definition, planks are great way to improve your core muscles (abs and back). These muscles hold you in like a corset and support your spine keeping your body balanced. Simply lie on the floor face down and lift yourself up with your toes and elbows so your body is in a line. Suck in your tummy and hold for a minute. To help dissolve your love handles turn your plank into a side plank, with your elbow in line with your shoulder. Lift hips up and down around 20 -30 times in 3 sets.
After 2 weeks of these exercises and healthier eating, youâ€™ll have a body to rival the champs! Letâ€™s hope this warm weather lasts so we can show it off a bit more!