They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I thought I would share a picture covering the effects of obesity on your body, health and life.

In case you weren’t aware of what obesity may be doing to your body right now I hope this visual reminder will plant a seed that helps you consider a way back to health.

I am not body shaming here or looking to make anyone feel bad about how they look.

I just wanted to get across the potential effects of obesity on your body, health and life.

Joint problems, back pain, legs rubbing together, crash dieting- poor food choices, self-sabotage,  increased sweating, excess fat, stereotyped, pathologised, ridiculed, lack of motivation, low self-esteem and confidence – all of these issues are things that have been (and some still are) a part of my own personal experience.

They are also experienced by many of my clients on a regular basis. It is one of the reasons I decided to become a personal trainer (despite being 20 stones myself) and why I am particularly motivated to work with larger people.

The psychological, physical and social effects of obesity are all lifestyle related.

That means fixing the issue is all down to your lifestyle and if your lifestyle is the cause then you are the effect. By taking matters into your own hands you can reverse the process.

You can take yourself from obesity towards health using nutrition and exercise.

MEDICAL FACT: Obesity is the most curable disease!

I know it sounds simple enough and it is, for many of us though it is not that easy, which is why I aim to help.

Going from the couch into an exercise class can sound like a great idea but the physical act of actually getting there is another matter. This is where a friend can be useful. Having someone to motivate you or attend with you can really help.

If you don’t have a friend then you can at least take comfort from the fact that when you attend any of my exercise classes you will meet other larger men and women and supporters, so you don’t have to feel intimidated.

It is my goal to welcome and make everyone who is new feel comfortable as quickly as possible.

Being fit doesn’t have to mean being slim.  I talk with new clients all the time who are not interested in losing weight, only on focusing on getting fitter. I do let them know that when as they get fitter they will lose weight.

Exercise plays a huge role in helping us not only physically in the way it changes our body but also mentally in the way we deal with life – regardless of our size.

This is a message I am passionate about sharing.

If you have noticed that it is getting harder to reach your toes, or you can’t bend at the knees to reach into the back of a kitchen cupboard, or as you step off a bus/train you have to steady yourself, then these are all signs that your body’s fitness levels need to be stronger.

If you are de-conditioned because you haven’t taken part in exercise for a long time and/or you are looking for a plus sized fitness instructor or an instructor who understands your body then please do join one of my exercise classes in Fulham.

You will be most welcome.

Contact me here to find out about my upcoming classes and personal training and specialist instructor training.