BE YOUR OWN PT

Women's Health (UK) - - THE TRANSFORMERS -

1. TAKE IT SLOW

If you love a HIIT class, you’ll get best re­sults – and avoid in­jury – if you let your mus­cles fully re­cover be­tween work­outs with a stretch ses­sion. ‘Yoga tones with­out putting the body un­der too much stress,’ says Emily Cole, PT at Vir­gin Ac­tive.

2. IN­JURY-PROOF YOUR BODY

If you’re go­ing it alone with­out a PT, don’t shy away from ask­ing the class in­struc­tor to check your form. ‘Stop a mo­tion if it doesn’t feel right, and watch out as you start to tire – this is when bad form is likely to creep in,’ says Cole.

3. KNOW HOW TO SELF-MO­TI­VATE

With no one there to crack the whip, you’ll need su­per willpower. Think­ing about your work­outs in ad­vance makes you ex­er­cise more than if you hit the gym on the spur of the mo­ment*. And vary your classes to keep things fresh. So mix it up.

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