As a health and fitness professional, in my 7 years working with 'regular folk' I have seen nothing quite as damaging to the body as lack of movement for hours upon hours each day.
Now I do understand we all have time pressures, commitments and certain things that are unavoidable such as commuting and sitting down at your desk to work.
Combine these typical activities with a standard western diet and it's not hard to see how we're in the midst of an obesity epidemic, with record numbers of obesity related illnesses (diabetes, heart disease and depression to name but a few). Shockingly, for the first time in man kinds history it was announced that the current generation being born are estimated to die YOUNGER than their parents do.
But it really doesn't have to be this way.
I want to praise one of my most successful clients recently who has achieved incredible results and SHE WORKS IN AN OFFICE. She is very typical as far as it goes for someone who works in London - wake up, commute, sit down in the office from 9-5, lunch at work, commute home, go to bed, repeat.
With all the technologies available today through smart phones and wearable devices tracking steps has never been easier. Give it a try and see where you land. The government recomendations are for around 10,000 steps daily to keep obesity at bay.
Side bar - I actually studied the module at Birmingham University headed by Frank Eves, who pioneered a lot of the research in this area, and was a huge advocate in this type of exercise required to tackle the obesity epidemic.
Back to my typical client. If she's not careful it's easy for her to only manage a few thousands steps per day.
Needless to say, she goes out of her way to increase her step count by taking stairs whenever possible (like the flight of 10 stories up to her office) and making time to walk in the evenings.
Add to this the number of classes and small group sessions she does, her actual step count is on average an eye watering 25,000.
She even turned around yesterday and said that she sees us (her personal training group) more than she sees her boyfriend and they live together!
Although on the same did she also said she's fitter and in better shape in her thirties than in her twenties...
Generally speaking, as people get older, they get fatter and less fit - these results did not happen by accident.
Wouldn't you love that too? To feel even stronger, fitter and leaner than you did in your twenties?
As I mentioned earlier, there are plenty of reasons why it might be difficult to make time for that golden hour of fat-fighting exercise, and remember it doesn't have to be high intensity - a walk at a brisk pace will suffice. It's just movement.
However, we've all got the same reasons not to do something about it. Work, family, friends, time, money (can't afford a gym), etc...
When you look at this deep down, you know these are excuses. We've all got the same 24 hours in the day - why do some people seem to achieve more than others?
Because they believe they can.
They believe that nothing is impossible, that there's always a way.
Difficult = Challenge.
Now it might not be your fault if you don't see things this way. You're a product of your life up to this point. Your experiences and how you've perceived them have lead you to create the thoughts and beliefs that you have up to now.
But you weren't born that way, and it's not too late to change.
If you want to make a change, and if you're serious about doing so, please come along to my next workshop.
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