Sport & fitness: Let’s face it, if we could get in shape by staying on the couch, most of us probably would. But we all know that’s not possible. So here are a few tips from the professionals on how to get up and moving.
We’ve read it a hundred times, we’ve heard friends boast about it, we’ve seen brawny pictures of the results. It’s not like we don’t know: physical exercise
is good for you. It tones your body, gives you energy and makes you healthier and happier. That’s probably why most of us not-fitness-inclined are sometimes compelled to give it a try anyway. But how do we get beyond buying a new pair of running shoes?
“The best thing to do is to find an activity you think is fun. If you choose something you like, you’re more likely to keep with it,” says personal trainer Winston Brillhart. “Any type of regular physical activity can improve your fitness and health.
The most important thing is to keep moving and make exercise a regular part of your day, like brushing your teeth. It can be a class at a gym, working with a personal trainer or simply working out on your own.”
Buying Jillian Michael’s “30 day shred” DVD or something equally aggressive isn’t the answer though (phew!). “Fast and furious is not the way to start and will only lead to injury,” says Brillhart. “Take one step at the time. As you get stronger, gradually increase the level of difficulty. Working with a qualified personal trainer can be a very helpful way to start exercising.”
Not surprisingly, personal trainer Jesper Enemark agrees: “It is my experience that 80% of people who sign up with a personal trainer will keep to it and experience significantly better health and a fitter body with a structured and predefined regular training. Every person is different and needs a sports profile to be made in order to create a tailor-made fitness programme. A minimum of two to three trainings per week will increase the physical condition of anyone.”
Bottom line? There is no amazing secret to getting fit. You just have to start.
“If you workout regularly it will only take a few weeks to notice a difference,” promises Brillhart. “Of course, the more unconditioned you are, the faster you will see results.”