Pump­ing iron great for health

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - HOT PROPERTY -

EVER won­dered what are the best ways to keep fit and healthy?

Bren­dan Ives, owner of I Do Fit­ness in Moss­man, is brim­ming with ideas for men and women to get the most out of their work­outs.

He will be on hand at the Health and Well­be­ing Expo to im­part his per­sonal train­ing ex­per­tise to vis­i­tors.

Mr Ives said a com­bi­na­tion of strength and car­dio­vas­cu­lar train­ing was es­sen­tial for a long and healthy life.

“Peo­ple who are not fit and healthy of­ten lack en­durance at work, they get tired or fa­tigued more eas­ily,” he said.

“A healthy body helps pre­vents that.”

Mr Ives said us­ing weights con­sis­tently can help bone den­sity and pos­ture, while car­dio ex­er­cise can help lower blood pres­sure and heart rate.

But he said sen­si­ble serv­ings of fruit, veg­eta­bles and lean meat along with cut­ting out fatty junk food was also nec­es­sary.

“You can’t out-train a bad diet,” he said.

“If you’re eat­ing rub­bish and train­ing you don’t main­tain the re­sults be­cause how you eat is just as im­por­tant, if not more im­por­tant, than ex­er­cise.”

Mr Ives said life­style changes should be made grad­u­ally in or­der to make a last­ing ef­fect.

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