STOP thinking about losing weight or getting into shape, start doing it now!
Sibonelo Shozi, a trainer at Virgin Active, said people need to act before it is too late.
Obesity is a big problem in Mzansi and people need to deal with it.
“The first step you need to take is to get active. Walk for 30 minutes around the block every single day. You might get discouraged so stay positive about your fitness journey,” said Sibonelo.
The trainer said people can keep fit on their own, but how?
Change what you eat. Eat smaller portions of healthier food. Stop eating too much meat, pasta, pap or potatoes at one time.
Choose low-GI food like brown rice instead of white. GI is the Glycemic Index – it’s how carbohydrates are ranked on how they affect blood glucose levels.
Carbohydrates with a GI of 55 or less are digested, absorbed and metabolised more slowly. This causes a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and then, lower and slower insulin levels.
He said South Africans are making the effort to eat better and get more exercise, but it’s too slow. Too many people are getting overweight too quickly.
“Gyms are not places where peple build muscle but where people go to get fitter and healthier. Gyms offer information on how to eat as well as exercise properly.
He said it is rare when a person can’t start a healthy lifestyle. Just follow the advice. It does not mean you have to be a member of a gym.
“There are free outdoor gyms in many communities people can use to exercise.”
If you do pay for a gym membership, you don’t have to use every machine whenever you visit. Gym may look intimidating with everyone grunting and sweating, but you don’t even have to work that hard to get fitter: but you do have to be consistent and disciplined.
The best way to get into gym machines is to try all of them slowly. Start at easy settings before you know how they work – most people get hurt in gyms because they push themselves too hard.
Follow the directions and do your reps. Hire a personal trainer if you want to tone up nicely.