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Health and wellbeing

12 Oct 2017

Why weight matters

There is a growing trend or should I say niche’ market for personal trainers that targets the overweight and obese population which in many respects should be applauded.

However, the messages that are given that weight doesn’t matter and that it is ok or normal to be overweight is, in my opinion, very wrong. Sure, you can be overweight and fit but the burden placed on one’s heart, lungs, muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones is not to be laughed at. There is a higher cost for later-in-life knee and hip replacements for starters.

Let’s encourage those carrying excessive weight to exercise and improve their eating but please do not normalise being overweight and obese, because it is just not healthy on any level.

Scales on their own are not the best form of measurement for success but using an Omron body composition analysis device that includes scales but most importantly provides a muscle percentage, fat percentage and then also a visceral fat reading combined with education are a great tool for evoking change, keeping one to task and getting a reduction in weight and body fat.

Your weight does matter. Work to reduce it if you are on the heavier side.

Pilates and yoga

Pilates and yoga I feel are ever-increasing in popularity and people are starting to find they need one or two sessions a week and I must say – go for it!

These two forms of exercise allow not only many physical health benefits from core strength, balance, posture, stretching and flexibility but they also allow our minds to switch off and allow for deeper and relaxed breathing and they are great for reducing stress in our ever-increasing fast paced lives.

There are many forms of both Pilates and yoga and many places allow you a trial session, a week or a reduced introductory rate. Why not see for yourself and trial one?

Why walking just isn’t enough

After 20 years as a personal trainer, I am amazed at just how many people feel that walking is enough to maintain weight, health and fitness.

Please don’t get me wrong here as walking is great! BUT, we all need to do a little more! Remember that our bodies were made to move. We were made to walk and when we do, our muscles and our bodies in general adapt. Put simply we get used to it and it gets easier and we become more efficient.

What we need to do to our bodies are forms of exercise that challenge us and are unpredictable. A swim, a bike ride, walking up stairs, doing any of a number of exercise classes or seeing a personal trainer, they all challenge our muscles and our metabolism.

Resistance training is what we need to strengthen our muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. In turn, we increase our metabolism, carry out daily tasks with greater ease and we slow down the aging process by slowing down our decline in muscle.

Keep walking but try adding some other exercise modes to your routine.

For a more information, exercise guidance or if you have any questions feel free to contact me anytime - www.justintimept.com

 

Justin Moran

Just In Time PT

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