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Celebrity PT Alice Liveing reveals why your HIIT workout is making you stressed

Celebrity PT Alice Liveing has revealed the key things you need to do, to really get long lasting results from your workouts – and it’s not doing grueling high intensity interval training (HIIT). 

Alice, 25, from London, has risen to stardom on Instagram where she has 600,000 followers by sharing her workouts and healthy meal plans; is the author of three Sunday Times best selling healthy eating recipe books, and she also has her own Primark fitness range. 

The personal trainer also has a rolling list of celebrity clients including actress Jodie Comer, Maya Jama and various fashion editors. 

Here she reveals exclusively to Femail the tips that will really help you get the most out of your workout, for maximum fat burning without wasted effort, including skipping the salad and making sure you get enough sleep.

Celebrity PT Alice Liveing (pictured on holiday) from London has revealed that those HIIT workouts you've been doing may not be getting you the results you want

Celebrity PT Alice Liveing (pictured on holiday) from London has revealed that those HIIT workouts you’ve been doing may not be getting you the results you want

Alice, 25, from London, who is also an Instagram fitness star, has said that doing too much HIIT raises cortisol levels, making you stressed and could also be stopping you from sleeping

Alice, 25, from London, who is also an Instagram fitness star, has said that doing too much HIIT raises cortisol levels, making you stressed and could also be stopping you from sleeping

SKIP THE HIIT TRAINING 

HIIT workouts are great to help you lose weight quickly, but they also raise your cortisol levels, making you stressed –  and could also be stopping you from sleeping.

The personal trainer, who trains celebrities including actress Jodie Comer and Maya Jama, said that the ultimate goal for most of us is to lose weight – but HIIT won’t have long lasting effects on your body.

The PT said: ‘A lot of people tend to do HIIT when trying to lose weight, but you’ll lose muscle strength.

‘It also hammers your cortisol, so if you are already stressed it will raise your cortisol even further and you’ll wonder why you can’t sleep at night.’ 

Alice believes strength training is the better way to work out, as it not only helps you get fitter faster but builds strength in your body

Alice believes strength training is the better way to work out, as it not only helps you get fitter faster but builds strength in your body

Instead she believes strength and resistance training, which includes solid compound movements like squats, dead lifts, single leg work and weight bearing exercises, is a better way to work out.

This is because it not only helps you get fitter faster but builds strength in your body, helps to increase your overall movement and also improves posture and bone density.    

‘For me weight training is great, as it lays down a good level of strength, helping a number of things including posture and overall movement,’ she said. 

The PT, who is currently ambassador for E.ON Energy, uses these methods when she trains her clients at Third Space gym in London, while other gyms such as Sweat It, Barry’s Bootcamp and Victus Soul use strength training in their classes too.

WORK OUT IN THE MORNING  

Alice also says that the best time to workout is in the morning, especially in the winter months. 

‘Your motivation wanes in the evening and it’s so much better to exercise in daylight hours when the temperatures tend to be a bit nicer and it’s light outside,’ she explained. 

Alice, who has grown her 600,000 Instagram following over the last few years, also says that, the best time to workout is in the morning

Alice, who has grown her 600,000 Instagram following over the last few years, also says that, the best time to workout is in the morning

Alice, who loves to do strength training, also says that the best time to workout is in the morning, especially in the winter months

Alice, who loves to do strength training, also says that the best time to workout is in the morning, especially in the winter months

DITCH THE SALAD AND DON’T DIET

As we all start to forget our new years resolutions, the PT, who admits to not following any sort of diet, said the best way to eat well in the winter is to make sure you are getting wholesome vegetables into your diet.

‘Nobody wants to eat salads in the winter months, so batch cooking stews and casseroles is a great way of making a weeks worth of dinners all at once,’ she explained. 

‘Adding in root veg like carrots, sweet potatoes and parsnips also means you are getting some of your five a day.’ 

The personal trainer, who trains celebrities including actress Jodie Comer and Maya Jama, said that most people's ultimate goal is to lose weight - but HIIT won't have long lasting effects on your body

The personal trainer, who trains celebrities including actress Jodie Comer and Maya Jama, said that most people’s ultimate goal is to lose weight – but HIIT won’t have long lasting effects on your body

Alice said: 'I also make sure I don't have my phone in my bedroom, so that I’m not glued to my screen before I go to bed,'

Alice said: ‘I also make sure I don’t have my phone in my bedroom, so that I’m not glued to my screen before I go to bed,’

TAKE SCREEN BREAKS 

The Instagram fitness star pointed out that exercise is just as much about mental health as it is about physical. She is a big fan of regular breaks from social media and screen time to allow space for gentle exercise.  

‘It’s clear that social media is effecting a lot of us and I can even find it overwhelming at times,’ she revealed. 

‘I try to not use my phone when I don’t need to, it’s great to be able to tune out of it and give myself some headspace. So when I feel overwhelmed I pop my phone on aeroplane mode and go for a long walk. 

‘I also make sure I don’t have my phone in my bedroom, so that I’m not glued to my screen before I go to bed.’

Alice is working with E.ON, to provide workouts and tips, to help give you and your home an energy refresh this winter. 

Alice also shared her healthy eating tips, she said: 'Nobody wants to eat salads in the winter months, so batch cooking stews and casseroles is a great way of making a weeks worth of dinners'

Alice also shared her healthy eating tips, she said: ‘Nobody wants to eat salads in the winter months, so batch cooking stews and casseroles is a great way of making a weeks worth of dinners’

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