Three quick pre-work out snacks

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Getting your pre-work out meal is tricky as you need something that can help you gain maximum energy for your training session.

As fats take longer to digest, it’s important you are taking in more carbs and protein to keep energy levels high during intense activity.

Everyone has different preferences for pre-workout snacks, but here are our three suggestions.

PROTEIN BAR AND ESPRESSO

It’s not the cheapest option, but a protein bar and an espresso is an ideal and quick pre-workout snack.

With protein bars costing AED 15 each it is expensive in the long run but convenient if you are rushing in the morning.

An espresso is a significant caffeine booster and can help improve concentration for the rigors of a gruelling session in the gym.

PORRIDGE

Perhaps one of the easiest and cheapest pre-workout snacks is a bowl of porridge.

Along with a high source of fibre, porridge includes a slow release of carbs to help you train consistently for longer.

The vitamin B in the oats also helps to convert carbs into energy quicker.

If you add a scoop of protein, it’s also a great way of protecting amino acids in the muscles.

OMELETTE

Omelettes are a significant source of protein and carbs and should be eaten 1-2 hours before a workout to promote muscle growth.

You can even load omelettes with some vegetables to make your snack tastier.

If you’re looking to cut calories before your workout then use olive oil instead of butter.

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Make things easy: Exercise at home.

With each of the following five workout exercises, the bonus is you don’t have to even leave your own home!

These are the perfect physical movements to boost your heart rate, bust calories quickly and work key muscle groups throughout the body.

To make things more comfortable, get your workout mat at the ready so you’re not putting any unnecessary pressure on your knees back and lower leg joints. This is the only equipment you’ll need.

Take 30 minutes out of your day and kick off your weekend with a health kick.

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RESISTANCE TRAINING

Typically, you think of lifting weights and pumping iron when you hear this training term – but there’s another way in which you can create resistance – simply use your own body weight.

A mixture of push-ups, tricep dips (find a window ledge or the edge of your bed), burpees, squats and lunges will see you use your own body as resistance and build strength.

Complete up to 10 repetitions and three sets with each exercise, factoring short breaks in-between.

RUNNING ON THE SPOT

Start in a standing position and begin to jog on the spot, whilst staying light on your toes.

Keep the top half of your body straight and tall and work your arms in a fast and fluid motion, mimicking something like what you’d see a sprinter do during a race.

The great thing about this exercise is that there are several adaptations which will equally help spike your heart rate.

High knees and butt kicks work the big muscle groups like your quads and hamstrings. Complete various intervals with rest sandwiched in between.

MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

These are tough.

Adopt a high plank position with your hips high and your hands and feet rooted to the floor.

Engage your core, keep your shoulders arms width apart and form a straight line from the top half of your body to your ankles.

One leg at a time, lift each leg off the floor and raise your knees to as close to your chest as possible, then land on the floor and switch legs.

You can actually make this exercise harder by twisting your knees and hips inward.

LEG LIFTS

These are especially as efficient if you want to tone up and work your abdominal muscles.

Lie on the floor on your back and press your lower back against the mat, keep your hands beside your hips and lift your legs together straight up to a 90-degree angle.

Hold for a couple of seconds and lower them back down so you’re just about hovering above the floor, and repeat the exercise.

VERTICAL JUMPS

And finally, a fun exercise to finish.

The goal – to jump as high as possible. Slightly bend your knees and keep your feet hip width apart, arch your upper body and swing your arms behind you to build momentum.

Swing your arms forward, jump forward and aim to land around a metre in front of you. Try to land
lightly and then repeat.

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