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When I started ‘Getting Fit & Fabulous for Business in 2015’ I got a great response from family and friends who also wanted to be more active and also from fitness instructors. I decided I would offer people chance to show their expertise or views in guest blogs to encourage myself and others to make the most of ourselves. The first of our guest bloggers is Qualified Fitness Instructor Susan Wilkinson of bodySHAPE whose blog will be split into instalments. Here’s the first instalment. When people decide to get fit, they often jump in at the deep end and follow an exercise programme that they find strenuous and uncomfortable. This approach has been greatly encouraged by the fitness industry over the last two years, with the promotion of high intensity programs. Of course, it’s understandable that people are keen to see results as soon as possible, but this enthusiasm rarely results in long-term success. There are 3 main reasons for this:

  1. Trying to do too much too soon can have an adverse effect on motivation – if the workout is so hard that people dread it, they will soon become de-motivated.
  2. A person who has been inactive for some time will probably have poor posture and movement control. Doing strenuous workouts without correcting this can lead to injury.
  3. To get the most out of exercise, you need to have good exercise technique – smooth, controlled movement supported by a strong core. Runners, for example, should hold their upper body upright and use the muscles at the backs of their legs to propel them forward and give them a good stride length. But if you watch people running they often lean forward or round their shoulders and take small steps with most of the work being done by the calf muscles. These muscles get trained, but the tops of the legs stay flabby. When people exercise with poor technique, they don’t get the results they are hoping for and get disillusioned.

So, if you are about to start a fitness program, it’s better to take it slowly and build some foundations. This will pay off in the long run, because you are more likely to stick at your program, stay injury free and get better long-term results. A good beginners’ program should improve posture and movement control and develop aerobic endurance, before moving on to higher intensity workouts. Getting good posture and movement control All of the following common lifestyle factors can lead to bad posture developing:

  • hours sitting every day, especially at a desk or driving
  • pregnancy – women often never fully correct postural problems developed during pregnancy
  • being overweight
  • wearing high heeled shoes
  • inactive lifestyle
  • carrying a bag on one shoulder
  • confidence issues

Posture correction programmes gradually correct muscle imbalances, stretching over-tight muscles and strengthening those that have stopped working properly. Ideally, posture should be corrected before other exercise begins, but it can take months to correct bad habits and most people won’t want to put off starting their fitness campaign. So, the best compromise is to start a moderate intensity programme combined with postural exercises. Susan Wilkinson BY SUSAN WILKINSON of bodySHAPE. www.bodyshapeprogram.co.uk


What Have I Let Myself In For?

The Before Picture

The Before Picture

17.11.14 In a moment of madness, or outstanding courage, I put my name down for a project where many fear to tread. I have agreed to be a guinea pig for the Mail on Sunday and have a personal trainer at a gym for six weeks before Christmas. Well actually it is five-and-a-half weeks.

I’ve sent off a photo and all of my personal details, that normally I try to keep secret!, to a journalist who is going to tell the whole world! Ludicous, I know, but this is what I am prepared to sacrifice in a bid to get back in control of my weight, my size, my image, my self-appreciation and that of my clients, family and friends.

At first, the journalist, Sadie, pried into why I wanted to participate and I had to reveal my innermost secrets that I am borderline diabetic and have high cholesterol. I weigh the heaviest I ever have when not pregnant. On a recent family excursion to London, I kept getting out of breath and feeling tired, so we would jump on the bus or tube to the next tourist attraction. I blamed my son’s friend for being tired, but really it was me (shame on you Sally!).

I was so keen to get picked. I prayed ‘let your will be done, not mine,’ but when I was, the fear froze me. I could hardly believe my eyes when I read on November 11, 14:

‘Hi Sally,

‘You’re in! My editor has given the thumbs up to including you. What he’d really like to see you achieve is a drop in your blood sugar and waist measurement, plus a big improvement in your heart / cardiovascular health by Christmas. I think this is totally doable and it sounds like you’re very committed (which is what we need).

‘What I need from you now in order to enrol you at a club and assign you a personal trainer is:

‘Your full name


Full home address

Mobile number

Which Virgin Active club you want to join

‘They will put you through various fitness tests before and after the six week programme (we need you to get started at the beginning of next week at the latest) and will weigh you and track your body fat percentage etc, BUT we will also need you to pop along to your GP to get your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels checked. Are you happy to do this? We’ll need you to do so at the start and end of the programme.

‘Please could you also let me know a good day and time during the next week when we could send a photographer out to take some photos of you?

‘Hope this is okay.


I am committed now or maybe I need committed! One thing is for sure, just to juggle my business, homelife and this new exercise regime, I will need supernatural help!