I have always had a strong interest in health and fitness (despite having a working background in banking!) and as I’ve got older I have become increasingly aware of how important exercise and good nutrition are in order to remain healthy.
I got into Nordic Walking following a foot operation and loved it so much that I decided to train as an instructor. I then went onto qualify as a Personal Trainer. I have recently completed a Referral qualification which will enable me to work with people who suffer from specific medical ailments such as diabetes or arthritis. I am about to embark on the level 1 Precision Nutrition course. As with most lines of work it is imperative to keep up to date with new developments and new research and I find it exciting and stimulating to keep on learning!
I am a great believer in functional exercise, that is, exercise which enables us to remain fit for purpose! So we can still run for that bus; lift and carry the shopping or a grandchild; reach for something from a shelf; walk up that hill without feeling uncomfortable etc etc For this reason, I recommend a combination of weight training and stretching. You don’t need to lift heavy weights. Your body itself is a weight and body weight training alone can be excellent. Of course, a combination of good nutrition and exercise can make us look better too – a toned body looks good both dressed and undressed. This in turn can make us feel better about ourselves; more confident and more able to cope with what life chucks our way.
I am also a huge fan of HIIT (high intensity interval training) and its benefits. HIIT is basically exercising hard in short bursts. So for example, running as fast as you can for 40 seconds then slowing to a walk or slow jog for 20, then repeat 10 times or doing star jumps and lunges for 40 seconds then actively rest for 20 and so on. The benefits include weight loss, losing the more dangerous internal visceral fat (around our organs), improving insulin sensitivity & increasing the growth of brain cells!