Attaining achievable physiques
This week Pat Henry shares when to take vitamins, and why the future of Irish fitness is in safe hands
Over-training is not advisable as the body needs time to recover. All the latest research has shown that while 50 may be the new 20, someone forgot to tell the body! It is important to listen to your own body. If we push too hard as we age, particularly if you’re over 50, you can be in a high category at risk of a possible stroke or heart problems. This may not be the case for everyone, however if you suddenly decide to overdo your training, any underlying problem will come to the surface quickly. Start off slowly, don’t overdo it. Taking vitamins to supplement your diet can be very expensive each month in addition to the cost of living. Some clients are spending €150 a month on vitamins. If you feel you are getting results, then keep going. However, take a look at the colour of your urine. Most vitamins are just passed through the body and not absorbed, especially B vitamins where urine can become dark and have a strong odour. I advise if you want to take any supplement to get the best quality ones,and buy locally. Or simply eat well and get the vitamins from food. As part of the judging panel of the NABBA Mr and Mrs Ireland in Dublin recently, I was amazed how much the sport has grown in the last 10 years. The quality of competitors was the best I have ever seen. A new section promoting tone, shape, muscularity and fitness, moved slightly away from bodybuilding, yet all participants displayed a very pleasing physique, which is more of what the average person wants to achieve. This is achievable with good diet and hard work. So well done to Siobhan and Paul Byrne for a great show. The future of fitness is definitely bright.