Tuesday, September 08, 2020

 

Weekly column by fitness experts Adam Wright and Jacqui Watson for the Waterford News & Star, in association with Kingfisher Fitness Club

 

I WAS telling someone about a lovely takeaway meal I had last week and they expressed wonder, based on how much I had eaten, about how I manage to be slim/in shape. This got me to thinking about reasons some people may seem to have less trouble staying in shape. Let’s talk about that:

 

A person who drinks alcohol…

May have more trouble staying in shape than someone that doesn’t. Especially if they do it often. Alcoholic beverages contain calories and those calories count towards your daily or weekly allowance. It is absolutely possible to allow for a few drinks within your budget (and many people manage this) but if a person doesn’t and they consume more calories than they need on a regular basis they will gain or maintain body fat they may not want. It is also important to be aware of your eating habits during and after drinking (while hungover). A person that doesn’t drink alcohol doesn’t have these issues.

A person who socialises a lot…

May have more trouble staying in shape than someone that doesn’t. Especially if they have trouble saying no when offered food or drink while doing so. Contrary to popular belief it is possible to socialise without overindulging but it often happens anyway. And if it happens every weekend, or even during the week as well, the excess calories (and the after effect of alcohol) may make staying in shape harder than it would be for someone that prefers a quieter life.

 

A person who hasn’t found a form of exercise they enjoy yet…

May have more trouble staying in shape than someone that has. If a person hasn’t found a form of exercise they enjoy then they may find exercise stressful and this could make exercising less likely to be consistent when life gets difficult (who wants more stress when things are already stressful). So it’s definitely worth trying lots of different things until you find something you enjoy. A person who enjoys exercise will do it for the enjoyment and may even use it to help manage stress.

A person who doesn’t prioritise sleep…

May have more trouble staying in shape than someone that does. A person that stays up late into the night instead of getting the recommended 7-9 hours sleep is likely to experience disturbances in the production of hunger and satiety hormones (pub med ID: PMC535701) as well as just being awake longer making consumption of more food a possibility. During a study from 2004 participants that were only allowed four hours of sleep ate 22% more than their counterparts that were allowed eight hours sleep, when allowed to eat as much as they wanted, the day after (20357041). Sleep matters. Consider taking it seriously if you don’t already.

A person who “manages” stress using food or alcohol…

May have more trouble staying in shape than someone that doesn’t. For obvious reasons. As well as the issues with alcohol listed above. Stress itself also affects cortisol levels, which can result in increased appetite and, with chronic stress, weight gain or difficulty losing weight. Reducing stress where possible (not just “managing” it) matters.

In the end, comparison is the thief of joy. But if you’re going to compare then also compare lifestyle practices. There are definitely more than these five as well, these are just the ones that came immediately to mind for me. For some of the people I work with, coming to terms with the fact that the above lifestyle practices are not something they’re willing to change, and getting into the shape they initially wanted without changing them may not be possible, is all part of the journey.

If you’d like to discuss this further: message me on Facebook or Instagram @AdamWrightPT or say Hello in the Kingfisher Club Waterford. Have a great week!

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By Adam Wright
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