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FIGHTING FIT; Greens Healthy Living In association with the NHS.

Byline: STEVEN SWANSON

OVER the next four weeks I will discuss fitness and how to actually achieve what you set out to.

When many people join a gym they set out to achieve something.

Maybe it's to lose a little weight or reduce their body fat percentage. How many people actually succeed and stick to their plan?

I review a person's programme every four to six weeks to avoid boredom. Sticking to the same plan for months will get you little or no results. At Green's Health Club, you get a fully-qualified instructor who spends time establishing exactly what has made you join and how we can help you succeed.

Once we have all the information needed we will introduce you to your personalised exercise programme.

No personal trainer can write you a programme without sitting down and understanding your goals. If you are already a member of Greens, write down your answers and bring them along to show me. I will help you achieve exactly what you want. If you are not a member, come and see our fantastic gym and swimming pool and have a chat.

Start by writing down as many goals as you want. Now write down your main goal. You may want to drop a dress size or increase your fitness to allow you to complete in the Great North Run

Write down why you want it. You don't really want to lose weight to be lighter. You want to lose weight because you believe that being lighter will make some positive changes in your life.

What do you really want? It's never the weight. Maybe you feel that losing weight will make you more attractive, more popular, live longer, have less pain or even make someone jealous.

No-one else has to know your true motives, so be brutally honest with yourself. Sit down and write down exactly what you want to gain.

Write down who you need help from to reach your goal. Everyone needs help from someone. Get help from your partner, family, friends, workmates or gym staff. Someone will try to hold you back. Tell them that you need their help.

There will always be someone who, for whatever reason, does not want you to lose weight.

Write down what steps you have to take.Too many people go out on their own or listen to the wrong people. Find a good source of information that you trust and follow the advice given.

Do you know about health and fitness or do you need expert advice? Try enlisting the help of a personal trainer.

They will sit down with you for as long as it takes to understand your goals and take you through a specific programme to ensure you achieve them.

Finally, follow your plan. Whenever you don't feel like following your plan, read your answers again. Loss of motivation usually stems from forgetting what your original goals are. Taking these steps will ensure you stay motivated and help you make steady progress toward your fitness goals. Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It sounds harsh, but it's true.

Next week, planning an exercise regime.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2007
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