Am I blowing your mind with two posts in two days? Wait until I post a third tomorrow 😉
Today I’m handing the pen and paper, er, keyboard, over to Cat Smiley, a well-known Personal Trainer here in the Canadian fitness scene.
I have to admit, when I received the e-mail requesting to have a post written by Cat published on my blog I was in shock. I read Cat’s posts on Facebook, followed her journey when she traveled through India, and I look up to her for the business she’s built over the years.
And here she was, wanting to write a post for this little blog! I of course jumped at the opportunity, and although you know I love my fats and am not really one to advocate a low fat diet, she’s got a lot of great knowledge and I’m happy to share a bit that pertains to beginning your fitness journey today.
So without further ado, I’d like to hand things over to Cat. Take it away, Cat!
Sticking to fitness is about taking steps towards a fitter, better life. No-one can lead, motivate or inspire you to shape up unless you have made the decision to do so. If you are out of shape, you are negatively affecting your health. Making the decision to shape up has to come from you, no matter how difficult it is. Think about how great you will feel with more energy; make up your mind and find your power today!
Start by going to the doctor. If you are obese, they will likely tell you that this means disease risk factors have increased drastically (hyperlipidemia, coronary heart disease, type II diabetes, hypertension and chance of a stroke) since you hit this body weight. Get medical clearance to begin exercising.
Once you’ve got the green light, start looking into shape-up options in your community; group training, fitness classes at your local gym, outdoor opportunities like fitness retreats or take a chance to join fitness vacation. Ask around your friends and see if they will join you.
If you are obese, water exercise is even better than walking – you will love the freedom of movement in water that allows the joints to move naturally. The weightlessness makes water non-injurious and therapeutic to the joints. Range of motion and flexibility will also benefit. Combined with a low fat diet, lean tissue is preserved and enhances your metabolic rate through building muscle – burning extra calories both during your swim and after.
Many mistakenly try losing the weight first before starting to exercise, but even fifteen minutes of gentle walking per day will boost your confidence, mood, range of movement and desire to eat healthy foods. Consider it to be movement, not exercise.
Cat is a renowned fitness personality and has been named Canada’s top Weight loss trainer three times by the International Sports Science Association. She is the owner of Canada’s leading weight loss resort for women, located in beautiful scenic nature of Whistler, B.C.