Beware of fitness quick fixes

The other week I was watching a rerun of Dragon’s Den, one of my favourite TV programmes.

For those who haven’t seen the show, it involves people pitching business ideas to rich investors.

Out strode this guy, whose idea was a chair that, according to him, helps people lose weight.

What a load of absolute tosh. He even had a ‘gym’ full of the things.

If anything chairs are obstacles to getting in shape – it’s getting people out of them that’s the hard part.

There are so many of these quick fixes around, making all sorts of outlandish claims.

I’ll let you into a little secret. There is no shortcut to getting in shape. If there was an easy way, everybody would do it and I would be out of a job.

The only way is the right diet and some good old exercise. That’s where I help people. It’s why personal training is worthwhile – expert advice and motivation.

If you’re ever tempted by a piece of quick-fix equipment, keep your money in your pocket. You’d be far better off hiring a personal trainer.

However, I often talk to people who balk at paying for PT.

But imagine if you were only allowed to own one car in your lifetime. If you write it off, that’s it.

You’d take pretty good care of it wouldn’t you?

Well, you only get one body, and it’s far more important than a car. So surely it’s worth paying an expert to help you keep it in tip-top condition?

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