Joe Wicks Can’t Stop Eating Chocolate – 3 Ways He’s Getting Back On Track
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Joe Wicks has revealed the unthinkable: behind that six-pack and those floppy curls, he's human too.
The personal trainer – known to his 2.7million followers as The Body Coach – posted a video to his Facebook page letting everyone in on a secret: He's stopped working out and mainlining chocolate.
Just like everyone else, Wicks can fall off the wagon.
He put it down to a combination of factors including the arrival of decent chocolate from the UK.
Joe Wicks told his followers that he's got into a rut, he's feeling lazy and out of the game mentally. His cravings for unhealthy foods have also shot up since eating more of it (we've been there).
“There's nothing wrong with having a treat, but I have been smashing it,” he admitted.
This period – between summer and the new year – it's easy to lose your motivation. Don't beat yourself up about it.
Rather than spiralling into a junk-fuelled party season, take a look at the following tips to see if you can keep your health ticking over.
In a gym rut? Time to get back on that fitness wagon. Here's three ways to make it significantly less painful.
1. REMEMBER THE BURN
According to a recent study published in the journal , just the act of recalling a killer sweat-sesh can make you exercise more.
In the University of New Hampshire study, researchers asked one group of college students to describe a positive memory that they thought would help motivate them to exercise and another to describe a negative motivational memory – while a control group didn’t describe any memories at all.
Eight days later, the researchers found that the students who had recalled a positive exercise memory reported exercising more than those who thought of a negative one – and they exercised significantly more than those who didn't think about memories at all.
So boosting your workout motivation could be as easy as just thinking about it! We will be thinking about the time Fassbender was swimming lengths next to us in the pool. Oh, hang on – that never actually happened. Sad face.
2. TAKE IT OUTSIDE
Turn Mother Nature into your own personal gym and you could give Daft Punk a run for their money by working out harder, better, faster stronger.
A University of California San Diego study found that those who exercised outside exercised longer and more often than those working out indoors – clocking up an extra 30 minutes of activity a week. Not bad!
As if that’s not reason enough to get your sweat on outside, some studies argue that running outdoors can burn up to 5% more calories than a treadmill, while a University of Nebraska at Omaha study showed that when outdoors, cyclists exerted around 25% more power and had higher heart rates than when they were indoors, despite similar environmental conditions and exertion.
Furthermore, the benefits of exercising outdoors go way beyond the physical. In 2007, English researchers compared the mental benefits of a 30-minute walk in the park with an indoor jaunt and found that 71 percent of the participants who took it outside said they felt less tense, while 72 percent of those indoors felt stressed.
3. FIND A BUDDY
There’s a reason you love going to happy hour every week – and it's not just for the 2-for-1 cocktails. Socialising and hanging out with friends releases the production of feel good endorphins. So, why not apply the 'happy-hour method' to your workout routine? Erm, that doesn't mean sipping on a martini while running mind…
Research published in the Royal Society journal showed that exercising with a friend will make you feel better than working out alone. In the University of Oxford study, researchers measured endorphin production in a group of rowers when they exercised alone and when they trained together as a team. Their results showed that participants had a significantly higher tolerance to pain after exercising in a group than they did after exercising solo, suggesting that their group workouts led to a greater production of endorphins. Less pain = more gain.
But don't just pick anyone to buddy-up with. A 2013 Kansas State University study found that the optimal exercise partner is better than you and keeps encouraging chat down to a minimum – meaning you want to push yourself but don't feel patronised doing it. Nobody likes a smug jogger.