In the spirit of the Olympics, cross that end-of-summer finish line with a bang! We’ve all been fighting to keep those fit summer bods we worked so hard for, but motivation sure does dwindle when it gets cold enough to cover up – but why let go now? We’ve come so far!
Punch up the heat with fitness tips from celebrity fitness trainer and Zobha brand ambassador, Michelle Lovitt, along with style function & fit tips from Zobha’s brand creator, Jamie Hanna! There’s no going wrong with this much expert advice.
Jamie gives us transitioning from gym to street:
“While it is perfectly acceptable to wear booty shorts and a sports bra to exercise in, here are a few tips to maintain the ease of transitioning from gym to street and still present yourself appropriately:
1. Only expose one major body part—if you’re wearing a tennis skirt, throw on a layering jacket to cover your upper body (Zobha essential zip jacket)
2. Cover your mid drift—a looser tank or layering tee that comes below the waist works well over yoga pants (Zobha perfectly draped tunic)
3. Cover your bottom—even a form-fitting tank works well as long as it hits top of the thigh (Zobha low-impact racerback tank)
4. Don a stylish jacket—can instantly turn you from jock to fashionista (Zobha SOHO jacket)”
Michelle gives us tips on staying in shape:
1. Slow and Steady Cardio: Your Heart Rate is the Key to exercising at the right intensity (heart rate zone) to meet and maintain your fitness goals. If you exercise regularly and are aiming to lose those e few extra pounds of body fat, exercise at 60-85 percent of maximum heart rate. Build up to a work out of an hour of continuous exercise by doing intervals. Studies show that people who exercise at too high an intensity (above 85%), especially in the initial stages of their program, drop out sooner, have more injuries, and tend to develop a negative impression towards exercise in general. Aim for 20-60 minutes of continuous exercise incorporating intervals in your target zone each session.
2. Invest in a Heart Rate Monitor: Would you drive your car with a blindfold to a destination you have never driven to? Why exercise and not know how many calories your burning and where those calories are coming from? Determine your maximum heart rate (220-age= x.65 and .85, separately) – those two numbers designate your fat burning zone. Use your heart rate monitor to stay in this range. Aim for 20-60 minutes of continuous exercise in your target zone each session. Exercise intensities that are too low may not result in the desired training effect, whereas a too high training intensity may cause overtraining. By monitoring heart rate during training and staying within specific zones, you will reduce the risk of overtraining.
3. Drink Water (stay hydrated): Be sure to consume at least 64 ounces of water per day, plus an additional 16 ounces for every hour of moderate-intensity. Fat is excreted primarily through urine, sweat, and carbon dioxide when released in the air from your lungs. If dehydrated the body isn’t efficient at excreting the fat from the body.
4. Get Adequate Protein: Eat at least 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight when trying to lose body fat. This will ensure you maintain your muscle, which will keep your metabolism burning more calories helping to rid the body of body fat at a more rapid rate.
5. Eat Breakfast Everyday: Eat breakfast every day. People who eat breakfast consume fewer total calories during the day then those that don’t.
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