I get asked a lot similar questions, so over the next month both on my Instagram (@fitchicnic) and on here, I’ll be going through the alphabet talking about some of the most common health and fitness related questions and topics.
R is for Running, Reps, and Renourish
🔹 FACT: You don’t have to run to lose weight.
I hear so many clients say “I hate running’ so I ask them why they then do it. Losing weight is about being in a calorie deficit, while exercise should be something you do to enjoy, and helps work towards your specific goals. Cardio is an important part of cardiovascular health, and can be used as a tool for weight loss by burning some extra calories, but there’s no rule saying it has to be in the form of running. Although running is cheap and effective, there are so many options – walking, the elliptical machines, dancing, netball, boxing etc. I hate running unless it’s a short distance competitive sprint ha (or it’s for charity.)
🔹 Reps. Short for repetitions, the number of times you perform an exercise before stopping. There’s no one magic number, but as a general rule I follow 1-5 for strength, 8-12/15 for hypertrophy, and 15+ for endurance. If you’re trying to get a strong, lean look then lifting 1kg weights 30 times isn’t going to get you very far.
🔹 Finally, Re-nourish. By @rhitrition Get your copy on Amazon now 😉 (But seriously, renourishing yourself from the inside by eating well is a sure-fire way to help increase your mood, health and happiness.)
Re-nourish is available on Amazon and other highstreet bookstores