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Word staff writer Owen Salisbury has started to take his fitness seriously: he’s hired a trainer. In the second of a series of columns, Owen learns the value of patience
Word staff writer Owen Salisbury has started to take his fitness seriously: he’s hired a trainer. Here’s the first in a series of columns where we follow Owen in his attempt get muscles like beachballs
Don’t diet — it simply doesn’t work. Instead, making small changes to what you consume can equate to big gains when it comes to getting the most out of your training and exercise efforts.
It’s the time of year when many health and fitness magazines have their top lists of how to achieve various body composition goals with countdowns such as “14 days to a six-pack”, “lose 3 inches in 7 days”, “get amazing arms, legs and abs in 8 moves” and so on.
There is a culture or myth that in fitness and sports performance, MORE is better. Rest and recovery are as of equal importance as the training or workout portion of the regime when devising a programme. However, because people think they get the training benefits by ‘doing’, they often overlook or don’t understand the importance of rest and recovery.
Groups of women are moving slowly to thumping aerobics music, barely breaking sweat. An unsteady roller-blader skids past, the five-foot padded mess of flailing arms and wobbly knees narrowly missing the lake before tumbling safely onto the grass. It is a balmy evening in Thong Nhat Park and hundreds of Hanoians are here to enjoy the clear skies, rain-freshened air and people watching.