'I wanted to lose weight to be there for my family'
Our Newport member Lee Smith cites his family as the main reason for embarking on his weight loss journey. Family life is important to everyone and this is something which Lee felt he needed to prioritise and gave him all the motivation he needed to make his transformation complete, losing just shy of 5 stone in the process.
“I weighed 19 stone before I joined Xercise4Less. I was struggling to run around with my children and play football with them. I was always out of breath and could not do fun things which began to have a huge impact on my life and more importantly, on my children’s lives. This was the turning point in my life, and I decided to get myself fit.”
Being able to workout at his local Xercise4Less gym has given Lee the ability to see gradual results in his fitness, weight loss and general well-being. A transformation is something which requires a lot of time, patience and dedication. This is a familiar story for Lee as he found going back to basics the best way to begin his journey.
Using the treadmill to improve my fitness
At Xercise4Less, we have a plethora of equipment and facilities in our clubs to help suit any fitness needs or accomplish any targets. For Lee, he found the treadmill the best way of losing weight. Starting off steady and gradually increasing intensity was the name of the game, ensuring he was comfortable and confident in the program he had set himself to lose the required weight.
“I began by using the treadmill for 40 minutes with an incline of 15. This helped me to gradually increase my fitness and burn the calories. I would do this routine a few times a week and began to notice the results.”
After a period of time with this routine, Lee stepped up the intensity as he strived for further weight loss and improved fitness.
“Once I got more confident, I started to run on the treadmill rather than walk. I increased the speed and time on a month by month basis. Now, I am able to run 10km on the treadmill which is an amazing progression.”
How losing weight changed my life
Now Lee has put in the hard yards and achieved his targets, he reflects on how losing the weight will dramatically improve his life.
“Before losing the weight I visited the doctor and was told I was overweight with high blood pressure and cholesterol. While this was not too serious, I knew I had to do something about it.”
“I have more energy and I feel a lot more confident about myself. People around me have been amazed by the amount of weight I have lost in just over a year. I have dropped from 19 stone to 14.6 stone. The reaction from my family and friends has been amazing.”
Setting realistic targets and goals
Lee feels that setting small, realistic targets was the best way to start his fitness journey and help him lose the weight gradually without placing undue pressure on himself to lose his target weight in an unrealistic time frame. This was admittedly a struggle at the beginning, but something he eventually became accustomed to.
“The biggest struggle was knowing where to start. I set myself realistic targets and goals. I proved to myself once I put my mind to it, I could commit and began to see the benefits.”
“Throughout my fitness journey I found Xercise4Less to be friendly and inclusive.”