Feeling sluggish after excessive eating and drinking? Struggling with your resolution to get fitter? Follow these tips from Esquire’s personal trainer, Harry Jameson, and health and fitness trainer Kathryn Tilbury to get back in shape for the year ahead.
1 | Be the early bird
“Try doing at least 50 per cent of your training sessions first thing in the morning. Early morning exercise helps to boost your mood and energy levels for the entire day,” Jameson says. “Working out on an empty stomach is also the best way of training your body to use fat as an energy source and circuit training is the best form of exercise to achieve this. Combining weights and cardio burns fat and tones you up at the same time.”
2 | Sweat it out
“Exercise speeds up your metabolism, helping to remove toxins and promote repair, replenishment and growth,” says Tilbury. Jameson agrees, “Running in a sweat suit or exercising in a heated room, hot yoga for example, will increase your sweat response, and help you excrete toxins quicker. However, make sure you drink as much water as you can.”
3 | Drink water
“Water flushes out toxins,” Tilbury says. “Multiply your weight in kg by 0.033 for your optimal daily intake in litres — take more if exercising. For a hot drink, try Matcha Green Tea for its detoxifying chlorophyll.” matchasource.com
4 | Take an infrared sauna
“The best way to detox heavy metals and chemicals picked up from the environment is to take an infrared sauna,” says Tilbury. “Not as hot as a regular sauna, it induces internal heat produced by the circulatory system that can draw out up to six times more toxins and impurities than normal sweat. I recommend the infrared spa at Purify Health in Knightsbridge.” purifyhealth.com
5 | Have a massage
“Massages push out toxins stuck in muscles and connective tissue,” Tilbury says. “Even if you're active and healthy, toxin build-up can make you feel stiff, tired and increase your risk of injury. Go for a mix of sports, lymphatic and Thai massages.” the-refinery.com
6 | Use more coconut oil
“Coconut oil is detoxifying. It contains a host of fatty acids with antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal and antioxidant powers to fight free radicals and most other toxic substances that could harm your body,” Tilbury says. “It’s a great addition to detox juices and smoothies to balance blood sugar.”
7 | Get this app
For guidance, Tilbury rates the Detox Diet & Recipes app by CleverMatrix. “It gives one-, two- and seven-day comprehensive protocols for nutrition with recipes, lifestyle advice, what foods to buy, how to prepare before and what to do afterwards.” 69p, itunes.apple.com
8 | Eat healthily
“The best detoxing foods are beetroot, kale, turmeric, ginger, garlic, lemon, fennel, seaweed, apples and artichokes,” Tilbury says. “Avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugar, over-eating and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and paracetamol, as they aggravate the digestive tract, liver and kidneys."
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