THE TIME I WAS FEATURED IN WELL TO DO
HOW 5 OF LONDON'S BEST FEMALE FITNESS BLOGGERS REFUEL
"What time of day do you prefer to workout?
I am one of those annoying morning people. Yep, I know – we are a rare breed.
My body-clock refuses to let me have lie-in’s so I usually hit the gym before work, starting my sessions at 7am. I aim to train 3-4 times week with each work-out lasting roughly 45 minutes to an hour depending on what I’m doing.
For me, there’s no real science to it. I know that I function better in the morning before work rather than after so I made it my routine. I always go by the belief that the best time to train is a time which you know you will stick to. At the risk of sounding like your stereotypical fitness blogger, spreading #fitsporation at every given opportunity, consistency really is key."
"How and when do you refuel post-workout?
I keep a high protein diet and track my food intake (‘macros’ ) everyday via the My Fitness Pal app. I try to base every meal around a source of protein which is actually the only supplement I use. Because I train in the mornings, I usually have a protein shake afterwards whilst on my commute to work. On the whole, I have a couple of scoops per day to help keep my intake high. This is in addition to getting it from actual real life food, of course!
I tend to be fairly flexible in my approach to health and fitness. By flexible, I mean there are generally no fixed meal timings in my daily routine. No two days are ever identical in my day-to-day life, so it seems backwards to try and enforce this approach on my nutrition.
Rather than focusing on when I am eating, I prefer to listen to my body. If I feel hungry right after a work-out, I’ll eat something. If I don’t, I won’t. It can often be the case that people find themselves stressing out over meal timings to such an extent that they lose sight of why it’s important; what they are actually putting in their mouth and how effective that work-out they just had was."
"Why is refuelling post-workout so important for you?
It’s imperative to your progress that your diet never feels restrictive. Of course, exercise takes its toll on the body so feeding your body with good, nutritious food post-workout is important, but personally I feel it’s much more beneficial to focus on what you eat within your day as an entirety rather than at set intervals.
I am a huge advocate of being inclusive rather than exclusive. I would never cut any food I enjoy out of my diet simply because it’s not deemed ‘healthy’, I just try to have it in moderation. My advice for anyone looking to improve their diet is to start by focusing on feeding the body with the right foods in general as opposed to formulating strict meal timings and windows."