Obstacle Mud Runner - issue 11

01732 452404 ForEliteAtheletes toFunRunners 17 It is certainly worth remembering however, that when it comes to an investment, your wellbeing should be right at the top of your list. A good personal trainer can teach you amazing health management habits. 7 I have the kids with me ALL OF THE TIME Then get them involved. What could be a better way to spend time with your kids than training with them. Every weekend we have loads of families take part in PT sessions together. A great way to encourage healthy habits, bond with your kids and get in a good workout. Everybody wins. Do not underestimate how important your habits are in the eyes of your children. It is no coincidence that children with two obese parents are 600% more likely (you read that right!) to become obese adults. If you stress the importance of nutrition and exercise now, they will be far more likely to do the same throughout their adulthood. To sum up... I know this sounds like a full on rant but it’s not meant to be. I’ve being doing this for long enough to know that everyone has their reasons for avoiding training but trust me when I say; looking after yourself is not a luxury reserved for those with time, money and age on their side, it is a necessity to EVERYONE that wants to live a long, successful and happy life. And I mean EVERYONE! Getting in great shape isn’t easy. It’s pretty simple, but not easy! Just like anything that’s worth having, it’s hard work along the way. The more practice you get, the better you become. Technique, form, consistency, progression, knowledge all come to you as you become ‘better’ at managing your health. To quote my old mate George Cooper- ‘Don’t let perfection be the enemy of progress’. You have to keep moving forward. Searching for perfection can often slow you down. Your nutrition choices and workouts wont always be perfect, don’t let that perturb you…just keep chipping away! A mentor of mine gave me some great business advice recently, that applies perfectly here. I was having a moan and he told me to ‘Embrace the struggle’. Along your journey to becoming the best version of yourself, there will be some early mornings, hard workouts, aches and pains for sure. Time to drop the excuses and embrace the struggle by finding joy in those times, safe in the knowledge that you are smashing life! level of visible fat (subcutaneous fat) means you are in good shape. There is a more sinister type of fat that could still drastically effect your health. Visceral fat, is stored in the abdominal cavity around a number of vital organs and as a result can go unnoticed until it is too late. Often referred to as ‘Active fat’, it interferes with many of the organs vital functions. If you are one of the lucky ones who stores very little subcutaneous fat, can eat whatever you want and do no exercise, it is likely that your visceral fat levels are gradually creeping up. Start doing something about it now before your risk of chronic illness disease goes through the roof. 5 I’ve tried everything and I still can’t get in shape You haven’t. There is no one in the history of the world that hasn’t lost body fat when creating a calorie deficit over time. If you consistently burn off more calories than you consume, it is IMPOSSIBLE not to lose body fat. The fact is, every successful diet plan, nutrition book, before and after photo, and incredible transformation all have one thing in common; they are a result of a calorie deficit. A small number of cases can be effected by gut health, thyroid issue, genetics etc. But the simple truth is, even those people will lose fat when creating this deficit over time. Find a way to eat less than you burn off and you will 100% lose fat. 6 I can’t afford it It can add up. Training on the regs can certainly add up cost wise, but no one is saying you have to be personal training 6 days a week. There are things you can do for free to supplement your training. A simple walk and some body weight exercises like squats and press ups will get you started. RACE : TRAINING All the Best, CW Do not underestimate how important your habits are in the eyes of your children