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4 Ways To Better Rest & Recovery

Who loves feeling great? I know I do but most of us miss out on that 'feel good' factor because we don't give our bodies the TLC it yearns. I guarantee you that dedicating additional time to four simple categories of sleep, stretching, hydration and nutrition will increase your energy levels, decrease your recovery time between workouts and most importantly, lower your risk of injury. So what are you waiting for? Kickass and hop onto the happy road of rest and recovery in just 4 simple steps.

High Kick

1. Sleep

Sleep is the most important time to recover in order to repair your muscles and to aid your mental and hormonal wellbeing. Everyone's got different needs based on our different lifestyles but try to get at least 7 hours of good kip per night. 

2. Stretching

This is key! You need enough flexibility to move well and remain pain and injury free before, during and after your workouts. Include dynamic stretching in your warm-ups while saving static stretching for after your workouts. Below are my favourites. 

  • Standing Quad Stretch

Standing Quad Stretch New Balance
  • Standing Hamstring Stretch

Standing Hamstring stretch
  • Overhead Stretch 

Overhead stretch
  • Front Crossover Stretch

Tricep stretch

3. Hydration

Drinking more water is vital for your health, good energy levels, better sports performance and recovery. In fact it aids all of our functions, including our digestive system. The simplest way to check hydration is to look at your pee. If it is clear to pale yellow (without having drank alcohol) you are hydrated. The darker in colour of your urine the less hydrated you are and the more water you need to drink. Headaches and drowsiness are also tell tale signs of dehydration.

How much water you should drink depends on the level of activity that you engage in, your physical health, your height and weight and whether it’s a hot day or not but I would always recommend that drinking water little and often is the best way to stay hydrated.

4. Nutrition

Everything we eat has the ability to make us feel great or make us feel awful and whilst I don't like to recommend a specific diet, it's proven that eating clean and balanced meals in moderation is effective to remaining healthy, improving our sports performance and aiding our bodies recovery process.

I know eating well in our society is not always easy as we go out to dinner, we grab lunch on the go and most social events have food. The key is achieving balance so you get the results you want but can also enjoy life. So my advice is to plan your meals as much as possible, try to choose restaurants with healthy food choices when eating out and have a go at making my smoothie recipe below for healthy fats, nutrients and an energy boost as a post workout treat:

Hope you found this blog post really helpful and enjoy your rest. 

XOXO

In this blog post I am wearing a New Balance Ice Tank Top, the NB Vazee Rush v2 trainers, printed Impact leggings and New Balance Tenderly Obsessive Bra

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WIN! New Balance Running Kit

Following my previous blog post on the importance of choosing the right workout wear for you, I have teamed with New Balance to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a brand, spanking new fitness outfit worth over £160, complete with the top, leggings and trainers below, perfect for running and post workout stretching. Here's what you could win!

New Balance Impact Capri Running Leggings

The Impact Capri leggings are lightweight, with mesh inserts to allow you to feel the breeze when running. They have a zip pocket for your on-the-run essentials, are made with sweat wicking material to help you crush that extra mile and they even look good.

Impact Capri Leggings New Balance

The New Balance Ice Long Sleeved top is bright and has long sleeves with thumbholes for added warmth, yet back ventilation to keep you cool.

NB Ice Long Sleeve Top

Last but not least, these Vazee Pace trainers are a dream to run in. Lightweight, well cushioned and a sleek style, enabling you to turn heads as you go.

Vazee Pace v2 New Balance Running Trainers

COMPETITION TIME! 

One of you is going to win the New Balance fit kit above worth over £160. The lucky winner will be sent the fit kit directly to your doorstep so you can just sit back and wait.

IF YOU WANT TO WIN ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS FOLLOW THESE 3 SIMPLE STEPS:

1. SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE (OR MY HOME PAGE) AND SIGN UP TO MY UPDATES. 

2. Follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram, and tag me into an image of your choice using the handle @AJOdudu and using the hashtag, #IAMTheCompetition

3. Follow New Balance UK on Twitter and/or Instagram

The winner will receive an email to state that you have won and asking for your sizes. Don't forget to let me know you have signed up by commenting below or by Tweeting/Instagramming me @AJOdudu

THIS COMPETITION CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY 31ST AUGUST 2016, SO GOOD LUCK!!!

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Why Choose The Best Fit Kit?

Wearing the right fit kit isn't just about looking good on Instagram (although admittedly,  I have been guilty of that) but actually, paying attention to simple details like which workout clothes to wear, helps to keep you focused on what is most important at that time – the workout. That is why I have teamed up with New Balance to giveaway one of my lucky readers the chance to WIN a New Balance outfit worth over £160, so keep reading.

New Balance Night Floral Bra

During exercise you should wear practical clothing that you are comfortable in and supports your body in a way that can aid and even enhance your performance during workouts. All of that sounds a bit boring but it doesn't have to be, especially if you find a bold print or bright colour that looks good enough to boost your body confidence at the same time.

New Balance Night Floral Top

When I go to the gym I may well do a HIIT training session followed by a yoga class to get a deeper post workout stretch. Two completely different workouts requiring varied performance functionalities. One outfit (HIIT training) requires more sweat wicking material and the other (yoga) needs to enable you to move freely, in order to do those all important stretches.

Yoga outfit New Balance

Fortunately I've discovered a great range from New Balance that ticks all of my boxes; the New Balance Night Floral performance leggings, top and sports bra (as seen above). They each come in different styles and colours to suit all, have a flattering fit, subtle mesh insets for breathability and are made from material that wicks sweat away fast.

NB Studio Skins

They are perfect for sweat inducing workouts such as HIIT and because the material is so lightweight and comfortable, it even doubles up as a great yoga outfit. The bra offers medium support and is long enough to wear on it's own as a crop top and they even have matching studio skins, which offer great grip and cushioning on the balls of your feet, allowing you to twist, turn and leap in studio based classes with greater ease and comfort. 

New Balance UK

COMPETITION TIME! 

One of you is going to win a New Balance fit kit complete with a top, bottoms and a pair of trainers. The lucky winner will be sent the prize directly to your doorstep so you can just sit back and wait.

IF YOU WANT TO WIN ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CLICK HERE AND FOLLOW THE 3 SIMPLE STEPS AT THE END OF THE BLOG POST.

THIS COMPETITION CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY 31ST AUGUST 2016, SO GOOD LUCK!!!

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