THE GAME. Wake up your workout


We all know how important it is to get moving in the morning but how do you ensure you get the most out of your morning workout? In the last of our Morning Rituals instalments, Sports Nutritionist, PICP Strength Trainer and founder of D5 Dubai, James Heagney tackles just what it is we need to do to wake-up our exercise routine and set us up for a positive day ahead.

“Your choice of exercise is going to be very personalized, my first recommendation is choose whatever it is you enjoy. Something that gets you jumping out of bed.”

If you have a specific goal, then my recommendations are resistance training and/or interval training. Both are proven methods when it comes to rapid fat loss and building firm physiques. If you want the quickest results, this is it.

Completing a workout that brings you closer to your goal is an instant win and having something like this before starting work is a great way to kick start your day. If you are exercising to energise and invigorate the body and mind then I would recommend a combination of workouts depending on how frequently you exercise. I think a 3:1 ratio of weights vs yoga is a very good balance.

If you are hitting the gym keep your morning workouts between 30 to 40 minutes maximum. Full Body Resistance training is my go-to and if you don’t believe the mass media, I advocate at least one very heavy exercise performed per workout, specifically if you are female. Aside from the physical and fat loss benefits this will awaken your Central Nervous System (CNS) and make your brain feel like the lights are ON. You want to leave the gym with your mind awake, your body revived and not completely fried. That feeling post 10km run at 7am on an empty stomach is not the hormonal cascade you are looking for before hitting your desk.

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