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Your Weekly Guide to Keeping Fit for Spicemas 2016

It’s that time of year again, when more body parts than usual will be masquerading through the streets for Spicemas 2016. We know there is one goal on everyone’s mind… and that’s to look good on the road.

Not only are we hosting some of the most exciting Spicemas events, you’ll be pleased to know that our Stadium Gym will be open around the clock, so you can work on refining your body and keeping your fitness levels up for an intense week of festivities. To help you along the way, we’ve created a Carnival Fitness Diary that will enhance your current regime.

Monday

First things first, you’ve got to be motivated to start a week of fitness and maintain a disciplined diet, so let’s start with some Monday Motivation.

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It’s important to set realistic goals when you start a fitness regime, especially if you haven’t been actively exercising throughout the rest of the year. Try not to push yourself or your body too far to get the perfect body and try not to place your goals against fitness junkies who treat fitness as a way of life. The aim is to be your best self and build as much stamina for the road. The worst thing you could do is sustain an injury or burn yourself out when you just want to look good and have fun!

Here’s a great motivational video to watch anytime you lose purpose and feel like you’re not progressing. Watch here

Tuesday

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The infamous stamina soca king Machel Montano once said (in one of his songs), ‘so get in yuh unit team up’. Teaming up with a fitness buddy is one of the best forms of motivation, better yet, teaming up with an experienced gym goer is great for first timers who find the gym a daunting task. I’m sure you’ve all seen those impressive videos of couples training together, so if you’d like to give it a try here’s a helpful guide to 20 partner exercises that will help you build strength get a cardio workout and improve your coordination. Check it out here 

Wednesday

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Our new and most exciting fitness offering is Zumba with Chrislyn Lashington at the Stadium Gym each and every Wednesday at 5.30pm. Chrislyn has a great playlist to get you in the mood for Carnival and vigorous routines that will make you break a serious sweat . There are lots of great benefits to Zumba and it’s a great opportunity to try something new.
Zumba incorporates a lot of routines that will improve your cardiovascular system, which is extremely helpful if you want to lose weight. One class with Chrislyn could even help you burn around 600 to 1000 calories. Now the best thing about Zumba and why it’s perfect for your Carnival Fitness Diary is that it’s all about moving your body to the rhythm of the music, your muscles will be engaged to make some specific moves like squats and twists, thus allowing you to tone your entire body without even realizing it.

Thursday

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So you’ve just passed hump day with your Carnival diary and you’re eager to do more, but we would strongly advise that you take at least one full day off per week from all forms of exercise. Whether it’s weight training, cardio or Zumba we would recommend exercising six times per week or three times a week at the very least. Use this day to working on other things that will have you feeling good for carnival, perhaps book a massage or spa treatment. Do anything that will contribute to feeling good on the road.

Friday

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What you eat while you exercise is just as important as how you exercise. Food and fitness must go hand in hand for you to achieve your carnival body goal. Always start your day with a healthy breakfast one hour before you kickstart your fitness regime. This will help to raise your blood sugar level and give you the energy you need to go hard.

Good breakfast options include whole-grain cereals or bread, low-fat milk, apples and bananas, yogurt and treats like waffles and pancakes. And remember, if you normally have coffee in the mornings, a cup before your workout is probably OK. Also know that anytime you try a food or drink for the first time before a workout, you risk an upset stomach. When it comes to lunch and dinner the quantity you eat can have a major effect on how you perform. If you are planning to have a large meal, make sure you eat it three to four hours before exercising to avoid feeling sluggish. Healthy snacks throughout the day will keep your blood sugar levels up and stop you for wanting to binge on food that won’t support your fitness goals. Stick to fresh fruits, fruit smoothies or even peanut butter sandwiches when you feel the urge.

Check out these great weekly meal plans that can give you some ideas along the way.

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Saturday & Sunday

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We have amazing beaches in Grenada so don’t waste the opportunity to sweat it out in the sun followed by a full body sand exfoliation, followed by a refreshing salt water soak, perfect for mind, body and soul.

The beach is also a great place to workout, here are 3 great beach workout routines that will add resistance to any exercises you try out here

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