Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you decided to make a change to your health?
I work in a warehouse environment, which is fairly active & physical work. I have been spending more time in an office environment. I have known mates that have made that sort of transition before, & seen them put on weight due to the more sedentary nature of the job.
Being a relatively big guy anyway, this made it easy for me to decide to make a pro-active decision to make some changes to my lifestyle: a) to lose some of my excess weight & b) increase my overall fitness to enjoy some better quality of life.
What has been your biggest challenge during this lifestyle change?
Not surprisingly, getting used to staying on track with changing my diet, especially at the start. Once you get used to it, you start to discover that there is still a lot of food you can enjoy that is actually good for you!
What motivates you to continue with this lifestyle?
My biggest personal motivator is knowing, that week by week, you can actually see the positive changes that are occurring in your body.
What is your favourite healthy food to eat? What is the recipe?
I don’t usually have any one particular meal that is a favourite, but I do enjoy most of the healthier meal options at the Subway near the gym. Barring that, usually any combination of chicken & salad (sounds boring, I know).
What is your favourite form of exercise to do and why?
I have always enjoyed working on my legs, as a muscle group in general. It is really satisfying to go up against it on a leg press & see how far you are able to, literally, push yourself.
What is your best piece of advice that you could give to those just starting to exercise or in the process of making the decision to join Fitness Canterbury?
Respect the commitment you are making to yourself. A good personal trainer will go a long way to showing you how to open the doors to making life changing decisions; but they aren’t going to hold a gun to your head – you are the one that is still going to have to do the hard work! But the rewards for doing so are worth more than I can put into words.