Tara MacDonald Fit Club in Halifax, NS

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Personal Trainer Mike Manderville shares his thoughts…

What is plus sized fitness?

 

Plus sized fitness to me means modification from a knowledgeable trainer that allows a plus sized individual to exercise safely, effectively, and comfortably. An individual who is plus size may have limited range of motion, not feel comfortable getting down on the floor, or jumping up and down. Plus size fitness is recognizing and understanding these potential limitations and to work toward improving on them with your trainer or with your client. We want you to be comfortable with working out and exercising. Trying to implement and sustain an entire new routine of exercise will be near impossible if its not enjoyable. Our goal is to find exercises and exercise routines that are comfortable and enjoyable for you and also effective for reaching your goals.

 

Plus size fitness focuses on developing healthy habits through exercise and creating conscious efforts to eat more healthy foods. Health, exercise, and nutrition are all connected. You may often hear that fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. I don’t believe that is a realistic and measurable way to explain fitness. Fitness is winning. The only way you can fail at fitness is to be inactive. Fitness is made up of small wins that happen day to day. If you do a workout, that is a win for you! If you make a healthy decision and decide to make a supper instead of ordering out, that’s another win! These small wins accumulate to make overall fitness for you. Fitness is always trying to do better and be better.

 

The workouts designed for an individual who is plus size are focused around getting the client to move more. While we do this we want to educate our clients so that they understand why movement is important. Eventually we want the client to see movement as a “feel-good” thing and to seek out opportunities to move more like; parking a little further away than normal, going for a longer walk than usual with the dogs, or taking the stairs instead of the escalator. This helps to slowly incorporate more and more healthy habits into a lifestyle that is accustomed to inactivity and accustomed to seeking the shorter or easier route. A little bit extra here and there goes a long way.

 

Exercise is medicine and food is fuel!

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