Your News: Are You Feeling Fat, Fading and Forty?

Dianne Paperis shows off the women's gym at Renu in Bourne

Dianne Paperis shows off the women's gym at Renu in Bourne

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Once the vivacity of youth has left your side, sometimes it can feel impossible to recoup the same amount of energy you remember having in the past.

The slim healthy body of your younger years can seem like a distant memory. Life can be so hectic these days and fitting in time to exercise and eat well can feel impossible.

But all is not lost! The amazing thing about our bodies is that it is never too late to make a difference to your energy levels and body shape, and you don’t have to act like an athlete or spend hours of your time to do it.

The secret is to find an activity that you enjoy and do it regularly. Dancing, walking, gardening and even housework are all good ways to start exercising. Start with 10 minutes a day and work up to 30 minutes, you will soon feel and see the difference.

Weight bearing exercise such as walking can help to delay the onset of osteoperosis, and activities such as pilates and yoga can improve your posture. This can often reduce aches and pains. Most physical activities will improve your cardio vascular fitness and this will increase your energy levels. Mental alertness can be dramatically improved with activities such as dancing, tennis, even playing cards!

It can sometimes feel a bit daunting to join a class or a gym, so make sure that you join somewhere really friendly where you feel you are put at your ease straight away. The social aspect of this type of activity should not be underestimated.

Fun and laughter have a very positive reaction on your well being.

Time constraints can mean it is hard to commit to a particular activity, so look for activities that you can fit in your schedule. The ladies gym at renu is designed to take only 30 minutes of your time, and classes are interchangeable so that you can change nights or classes when other things get in the way.

If you have tried an activity in the past and you didn’t like it, it doesn’t mean you don’t like everything. Make this your year to try something new, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

Age is not relative when it comes to exercise, it’s your current fitness level that is your guide. If you need further evidence, then speak to Dianne Paperis, one of the personal trainers at ReNU. Di didn’t do any form of exercise at all until she was 44, but she has now represented Great Britain as a Triathlete in her category 4 times and is 2 1/2 stones lighter at 50 than she was at 40.

The Chinese proverb says, “The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”, so why not step out today and start your journey to a new, energised you?