Moment of Clarity

Unfit and Overweight

Becoming overweight and unfit is all too easy to achieve. It takes a lot less time than you might think and I myself have fallen into that deep hole a number of times. It is a moment of clarity when you sit down and suddenly realise that your stomach fat is restrictive when leaning forward, or you look in the mirror and there is a worrying lack of definition to your body, or even worse – you simply look ill. This is certainly not the bottom of the pit because unfortunately things can deteriorate rapidly from here, a bit like an endless crevasse! The most popular (and most viable) excuse, and one that delayed my fitness regime for many months was the anxiety of being unfit. Simply put, running is not fun when you are unfit. Quite the opposite. It is a plethora of leaden legs and bleeding lungs. It does not have to be running, it could be lifting weights, swimming,rock climbing or playing tennis. Your first session back will probably be more akin to torture than sport. So people employ this excuse by stating that they will be unable to keep up with their friends. Other complaints will be made about the cost of equipment, or a lack of time, or even their love of crisps at lunch time. In the words of my grandfather…….poppycock! These are excuses. Make a decision and stick by it. The initial couple of weeks will not be pleasant but persevere and reap the rewards.


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