New Year, New You? Belinda Maxted, Owner of Believe Fit, offers some words of wisdom for those of us about to take on the get fit challenge for 2017...
When I was asked to write this article, I gave a lot of thought to the direction my advice would take. I have been in the fitness industry for over 25 years, a veteran some might say, and I decided I did not want to give a list of 'what to do to get fitter / healthier this year', as though one formula fits all so to speak. This is not the case and that is too simplistic an ideology when we are all so different and complex. I would much rather offer my observations made during my years of personal training and teaching classes and the pitfalls to be mindful of.
If you are keen to commence exercise/classes, choose an activity suited to your age, ability and personal preference. As we move through our years, we lose certain skills and therefore the body has different needs and needs to be trained accordingly. Choosing the right footwear is crucial too. We can’t just pick up trainers without establishing what our gait is i.e. how each foot lands when we walk/run) This is potentially dangerous as the alignment throughout the entire body is affected by our chosen footwear. If your feet aren't happy, trust me you will not be happy exercising.
So many folks – we girls in particular – seem to be eating too little in desperate attempts to lose weight. Skipping breakfast, not drinking enough water and long gaps between meals are the culprits for a lot of my clients and it is amazing to see them tweak these habits and start shifting stubborn weight.
We all know of someone whose life has been affected by ill health. The body is crying out to be moved and stretched. Perhaps this is where you start 2017… At the Believe Fit Studio a diverse range of classes are there for the taking. Hands-on advice to support you on your journey and alternatives to usual exercises which may not suit you and where you are at physically.
I came across these words of wisdom from Edward Stanley and I would like to leave them with you… “Those who think they have no time to exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness”… Thought provoking isn't it?