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Chocolate Milk: The post exercise re-booster


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24 April 2013 


The Sun not proving quite enough incentive to kick start your fitness regime? Well The MOOSE has a delicious post exercise recipe tip that is definitely enough incentive to get us moving!



Do you ever find yourself using incentives to get yourself to work-out.  I can’t tell you how many times I have managed to drag my-very reluctant-self to the gym by a much over-used lie.  It is a familiar story, I tell myself all I will have to do is a few minutes jogging on the treadmill, maybe attempt (and fail) a press-up or two, read some of my new favorite book on the cross-trainer, I won’t even break have to break a sweat. I lure myself over to that playground of physical delights with the faithful promise that after a relaxing, half-hearted workout I can have a complete spoiling session in a spa. I start to imagine lounging in the sauna, soaking my tired body in the Jacuzzi, and maybe even treating myself to a glass of red wine afterwards; everything my exhausted-post-work-self thinks it is craving. It always works. But more often that not I end up having an awesome workout and once I’m energized, sweating and completely pumped up by my exercise I skip the pampering altogether, replace the wine with juice and head off for a productive, fun and energetic evening! It’s a subconscious tactic, it’s an over used lie, but it works and I know I am going to keep fibbing my own psyche.


We have recently heard, however, of another incentive that is actually not a lie at all. A post work-out treat that is essential to maximizing the effects of that grueling conditioning. Chocolate Milk.  Studies have shown that it can be just as if not more effective then recovery drinks. It contains the carbohydrates, protein and sugars that your body needs to replenish itself after exercise. Furthermore the potassium, calcium and vitamin D are excellent for your body whether you have been active or not. 


Recovery drinks are often over-priced and the taste isn’t that much of an incentive to get you moving! Chocolate milk is cheap, delicious and the best bit is that it is exactly what your body needs straight after exercise.



Spring Fitness Tips...




3 April 2013


The sun has finally made an appearance! In the last post, we talked about the benefits of outdoors exercise, and now is the time to break away from that boring gym routine and reignite your motivation.

A spring fitness plan might be a challenge if you have been indoors for a few months and struggled to haul yourself off the couch. You have a better chance of reaching your fitness goals if you start slowly, choose enjoyable activities and increase your activity as your fitness level improves.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Be realistic. If you have taken a step back in your fitness regime over winter, don’t try and do an hour of cardio, six days a week. You’ll only get frustrated and will be more likely to give up on your routine. Set realistic goals that will build you up to your desired level of fitness.
  • Bring your regular gym workout outdoors. One fun way to freshen up your exercise routine is to take your typical workout outside. Treadmill runner? Hit the river path or park for your jog. Class regular? Look for outdoor classes in London Parks. Try to set a goal to take your workout outdoors at least once a week – a change of scenery will do wonders for your motivation.
  • Train and sign up for a race or an event. Spring is the ideal time to train for an event. There are a lot of summer events to take part in whether you’re a walker, runner, cyclist or looking for something even more challenging like the Tough Mudder. Adding positive goals to your fitness routine will give you an added reason to get fit besides losing weight, and it’s great fun and an accomplishment to complete a challenge.
  • Spring clean your pantry. Throw away foods with low nutritional value, like chocolate (yes, even that sixth Easter egg you’ve been hiding), chips, sugary cereals etc. Load up on low GI, healthy foods that will give you energy and help you stick to your workout routine and fitness goals.