With hard work comes the taste of sweet success

It can be easy to fall into the trap of a quick fix when it comes to fitness, especially if you’ve overindulged on Easter candy, and are looking to get back on track quickly.

There seems to be an abundance of advice out there, promising fast results without much of a change to your lifestyle, and while I am more than aware that not everything you read online is on the straight and narrow, sometimes my need or desire for the article to be true outweighs my common sense and they have me, I’m hooked.

I’m talking about all the spurious advice which pops up in the advertising banners of pretty much any news website you visit. Something like: ‘Five foods to never eat again’; ‘Five exercises you must do for an amazing body’; ‘what to eat after training’; and so on.

It’s tempting to click on the link and find out that simply eating more of a certain kind of food or fuelling up on something else after a workout will boost my metabolism to the point of burning extra calories and help me reach my fitness goals muck more quickly, and, essentially, without very much extra effort.

But as the adage goes, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is, so instead of dashing off to the store to stock up on the latest superfood craze, why not pop down to your local YMCA and get some professional advice?

YMCA staff are trained and happy to answer any of your fitness or nutrition questions. There is always a member of staff on the weight floor to offer tips on which exercises would work best for your aims and also information on how the equipment works.

Why not go a step further and book some one-on-one personal training time? These professional trainers will be able to craft an individual exercise plan suited to your strengths and weaknesses and also help out with lots of pointers on diet and nutrition.

Learning to look for advice in the right places will help you to achieve your goals and get you the right results. After all, isn’t success so much sweeter when you’ve had to work hard for it?