Miss Gibraltar trainer Paul MacGregor gives his health tips for this month

Moderation and a balanced varied diet are key

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By Paul MacGregor

SOME of you might know me as the guy who did the Med steps ten times in one day at the beginning of January, or as the guy who is training Miss Gibraltar, Kayley Mifsud, in her attempt to do the same on the 1st of May, or even as an instructor at Reshape & Rumble.

As a qualified personal trainer and nutritional therapist I spend most of my working life helping people to get back on to the right path, helping them to improve their fitness and advising them how to attain better health.

IN SHAPE: Paul and Miss Gibraltar, Kayley Mifsud
IN SHAPE: Paul and Miss Gibraltar, Kayley Mifsud

Having worked with people who have suffered heart attacks or strokes, and people who have developed high blood pressure, type II diabetes, or have become obese – and whose lifestyle was a contributory factor – they all agree that if they had the opportunity to go back in time they would make twenty minutes in their day for exercise and choose a healthier diet.

However, the majority of the rest of us can’t seem to manage it.

It’s amazing, when your life depends upon it, how you can become focused. How silly the rest of us are!

Over the coming months I will go over some simple tips for keeping (or getting) fit, and leading a healthier lifestyle. Most of us actually know what we need to do, but we are better at making excuses why not to, than actually doing it.

I will cover exercise and diet on alternative months and will give useful, and easy to follow advice that can make us all a little bit healthier.

This month’s tip:

One of the most important things to consider about good health is what we eat. MODERATION is the key. Good fresh foods. A balanced (varied) diet. Eating little and often, and avoiding sugar or salt rich foods is a great way to start.

Why balanced, and what do we mean by ‘balanced’?

A balanced diet is a diet that contains the right amount of foods that give us the nutrients, and micronutrients that we need to function properly. Micronutrients include the most common vitamins (A, B6, B12, C, D, E and K) and the seven most common minerals (calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, zinc, iodine and potassium). Without these, over a period of time, things will go wrong and break down, ie. Medical conditions and illnesses develop.

It’s like running a car and never changing the oil, we won’t notice things going wrong until we hear that big crunch and the engine sizes., or in our case that’s a heart attack. If we can’t, or don’t have the time to prepare a fresh and varied diet (although I will be going through some simple recipes in time) then a great way to get these nutrients is through multi-vitamin tablets.

A lot of minor conditions and ailments are caused by a lack of vitamins and minerals, and those bad boys nicotine and alcohol can reduce how effectively we process the vitamins and minerals that we do eat. Consider that next time you light up a cigarette, or sup a glass of Prosecco!

Next month we will be talking about exercise, and why making just 20 minutes a day can help to reduce the chances of some very serious health conditions. In the meantime, for information about nutritional and/or training packages drop me an email to wearefitandhappy@gmail.com

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