Whilst many people know the positive effects of exercise, there can often be a number of barriers, which prevent them from being active, and these often tend to be more psychological than physical. Many people have negative memories of school PE lessons or perhaps they feel guilty about spending years paying for gym memberships they have hardly used.
In terms of preventive health, simply putting down the remote control and getting off the sofa rates in the same category as stopping smoking and remembering to strap on your seatbelt. From heart disease to osteoporosis and diabetes to back problems, much of the illnesses we once associated with old age are actually due to decreasing activity levels.
Let's take slimming clubs as an example. WeightWatchers and Slimming World have on the surface quite sensible ideas around cutting the bulge. But both brands promote a range of processed products (bars, shakes etc.) that could be seen as easy replacements for other lower calorie, non-processed and cheaper food.
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There's one very well known American trainer, whose client list resembles the Hollywood Walk of Fame, whose 30 day master plan involves lots of kale juice, protein bars and not much else. I mean, come on. I can get you thin on a diet of dust and water too. Your immune system might not thank you for it but hey, at least you'll be thin.
Looking good naked isn't about staying imprisoned in a body which you're not happy with - it's about turning mantras like "Because you're worth it" into truly positive actions. And I believe you can only do that by developing a healthy relationship with food and calling a reluctant truce with exercise.