HEALTHY living is becoming increasingly important to people. From sport and exercise, to diet and nutrition, we are taking a closer look at how to stay fit and feel well. The Chronicle has teamed up with personal trainer David Haythorn to give you weekly advice and helpful hints on all aspects of healthy living. PETER MORSE spoke to a man ready to pass on his knowledge.
LOOKING at David Hay-thorn, you can certainly believe him when he claims: 'At 45 years old I have never felt fitter, stronger or healthier.'
But he insists that it is not necessary to torture yourself with tasteless food and hours of daily exercise to feel on top of the world.
In fact, he intends to tell you how to do it through the pages of the Chronicle. He said: 'For many years I competed in swimming events, marathons and triathlons.
'But I only began to feel much fitter when I introduced a variety of exercise regimes and a more balanced approach to my dietary needs.
'I was so impressed with the results that I gave up my old career and devoted my new working life to trying to help others live a more active and aware lifestyle.
'I know from experience that it's never too late to enjoy better health and increased confidence. You don't have to be super fit, you just need to do a little something every week to help you move in the right direction.
'Over the next few weeks I will write about the wide range of things you can do to help yourself become more aware of your own health and fitness needs.'
Qualified social worker David, who lives at Grizedale Close, Wistaston, ran several care homes until, sat in a queue on the M56, he decided it was time for a change.
Setting up his fitness business, Body of Evidence Personal Training, in 2005 was a huge gamble, but it has paid off. He has a studio based at home, but aims to show people they can exercise at their own home wherever possible.
He added: 'Most people think to get fit they must sign up to a highly expensive gym. If that works for them, fine. But statistics show that it doesn't suit everybody. Some need one-onone attention.
'There is no need to join a big gym if you don't want to. Fitness can be about running marathons or walking the dog. It is not about trying to look good on a beach holiday, it is a change of lifestyle.
'Anyone, of any age, weight or shape, can get fitter. But it isn't a quick fix, it is about making changes for good.'
* For more information about Body of Evidence Personal Training, call 07932 539003, 01270 651430, or log on to www.bodyofevidence.co.uk