Growing up, I never led a particularly healthy lifestyle. I avoided P.E. when I could, I didn’t do any sports outside of school, and I don’t think I ate a vegetable between the ages of 8 and 18.
To some, it’s surprising I’ve ended up the way I am now and doing what I do. To me, though, it makes total sense.
I come from a pretty overweight family. They’ve been dieting on and off for as long as I can remember. So when I got to uni and had all my own time and freedom (and a student loan), the first thing I did when I moved in was go round the corner to the gym and pay for the years membership in full. That was my initial incentive to make myself go. And I did.
I started going almost every day. I started reading every new article on Bodybuilding.com and fell in love with it all. I became “that guy” at uni and in halls. You know, the one who carries a sports bag, wears sweat pants, and always has a protein shaker in his hand. So, if and when my friends decided they wanted to get started in the gym, I was the one they asked for help. I’d give them the best advice I could and show them what to do. And they got results.
They’d come back to me in a few weeks saying, “dude I just saw my abs for the first time!”. Or, “mate I was looking in the mirror last night and saw muscles in my back!”.
And I felt amazing.
It was exhilarating for me to see how excited and happy they were as a result of what I’d helped them with, and the guidance is given them.
So I decided studying physics wasn’t the way to go for me, and I should try and make people feel like that full time instead.
My second uni year ended, and three months later I’m starting a course to become a Personal Trainer. I sailed through it, and landed a job with Pro-Fit Personal Training.
Through my time with Pro-Fit I learned a ton. About nutrition, about exercise, about mindset, both for myself and clients. One of the biggest things I learned was how much I loved helping people on a massive scale, which is why I worked my way up to leading the entire Total Loser programme. That put me in charge of helping over 1,000 people across 17 gyms change their lives and learn how to eat and move better.
Now, I want to go further. I want to help people learn to eat better, move better, and think better. On a huge scale. I want people to transform their habits to lead healthier and happier lives. Not just for themselves. But for the entire country.
A few years ago, my mum collapsed in our house. She’d had a pulmonary embolism. If it wasn’t for the ambulance and paramedics that came for her and the doctors and nurses in the hospital – she would have died.
A few years before that, my uncle collapsed outside his taxi. He’d had a massive heart attack. And if it wasn’t for the ambulance and paramedics that came for him and the doctors and nurses in the hospital – he would have died.
And a few years before THAT, I was a kid playing in the back garden when I fell and split my leg open. I might not have been near death, but without the two surgeries I had, and the physios I saw every week for about 6 months – I might not be able to move and live like I do now.
To me, the NHS is one of the best things this country has. It’s filled with amazing people who do an unbelievable amount of work so that we can live better. And sometimes so we can live full stop.
We hear in the news all the time about how there aren’t enough doctors, and there aren’t enough nurses, and there aren’t enough beds in hospitals. They’re underpaid and overworked. But there are two sides to being overworked. One side is there not being enough people to do the work. The other is that there’s too much work to do.
We are the work.
Each one of us, with the lifestyle choices we make every day, either adds work for those amazing people or takes some of the pressure off.
Statistics and studies tell us that 62% of UK adults are currently overweight or obese, and that lifestyle related disease accounts for 90% of deaths each year in the UK. Add to that the fact that Type 2 diabetes alone costs the NHS £12 BILLION per year and it becomes clear that both the problem, and the potential solution, is us.
The more of us that take responsibility for our own health, and our own lifestyle choices, the better we can make it for everyone else. If more of us are healthy, less of us are getting sick. And if you become one less person in the queue for that test, or one less person in the queue for that surgery, that could mean the difference between life and death for somebody else.
The NHS is an unbelievable institution with incredible people that saves the lives of regular people like you and me every day for FREE. That’s why my big goal isn’t just to change the lives of individuals. It’s to create a movement that saves the NHS from collapsing in on itself because of the pressure we put on it ourselves.
My big game now is to cut that statistic of 62% of UK adults being overweight or obese in half.
Just by reading this blog, you’ve become a part of the movement to do that in some way. So thank you.
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