SPORTS SHAKES

Health & Fitness - - Fitness Trends -

– SU­PER SMOOTHIESH

Ev­ery­one is look­ing for a fit­ness short­cut and, in 2016, we found it in the form of nu­tri­ent-packed smooth­ies. Made pop­u­lar by the NutriBul­let (nutribul­let.com), and sold to the work­out world by the grow­ing num­ber of shake bars at gyms such as 1Rebel or Barry’s Boot­camp, su­per­food smooth­ies were our go-to re­cov­ery shake for a fix of fruit, pro­tein and good fats. Ev­ery hip health-food café had a su­per­food smoothie or two on the menu, and a clean-eat­ing cook­ery bi­ble wasn’t worth its weight in kale un­less it had a shake recipe. Su­per­food smooth­ies were said to be every­thing our bod­ies needed to re­pair and re­cover af­ter tough ex­er­cise. But, by the end of 2016, we’d hit our smoothie peak and new work­out drinks were on the hori­zon.

– PER­FOR­MANCE JUICESH

En­ter per­for­mance-boost­ing juices. Ni­trates, found in beet­root juice, have dom­i­nated the sports sci­ence head­lines as a way of mak­ing us go faster for longer sans the hard work. And re­cent re­search from the Univer­sity of Ex­eter shows that the 7cl Beet It Sport Shot (£25 for 15; beet-it.com), which con­tains 400mg of ni­trate, im­proves sprint and high-in­ten­sity in­ter­mit­tent run­ning per­for­mance. But if it’s hy­dra­tion you’re af­ter, cold-pressed wa­ter­melon juice is be­ing hailed as the best post-work­out re­cov­ery drink for 2017 (see our food trends fea­ture on page 56). Packed with an­tiox­i­dants, as well as potas­sium to ease mus­cle sore­ness and L-Citrulline for a faster re­cov­ery, wa­ter­melon juice could be your go-to drink. su­per-af­ford­able. Plus, the short-du­ra­tion but high-in­ten­sity ef­forts, nor­mally per­formed in a cir­cuit for­mat, make it re­ally time-friendly as well. Ad­vo­cated by fit­ness in­flu­encers across the globe, such as Kayla Itsines and the Tone It Up girls, th­ese are the work­outs you saw pop up on your Instagram feed in 2016. ‘The great thing about body­weight train­ing is you don’t need any­thing other than the will­ing­ness to work hard for a short pe­riod of time,’ says per­sonal trainer, Josiah Hunte. ‘It burns fat, builds lean mus­cle, im­proves me­tab­o­lism and is a great way to boost your mood.’

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