This is Kostas Viazis, 35, Penistone – he is a married father of two girls aged three and one and has been sharing his top tips as part of our Love Yourself Healthy theme at Penistone Leisure Centre.
As a volunteer gym instructor with the leisure centre, he loves to help people understand how to work out and why they are doing what they are doing in the gym.
Today he has top tips for gym users when they’re outside the gym.
TOP TIP – FOOD
“Ninety percent of those who come to the gym want to lose a bit of weight and build strength,” said Kostas.
“My top tip for nutrition is to control sugar generally in their food and avoid these fast carbs with fat. That’s a bad combination,” he added.
His mantra is “Go brown rather than white – with bread and rice.” (“Unless if is your post training meal – you need some fast carbs there,” he added
He suggests separating your daily calorie intake into four or five meals to help digestion and provide constant fuel.
“A very big meal is sometimes enjoyable, but there is a limit on what our body can take in during as single digestion. Some of the rest might become fat and we don’t really want this to happen, do we?” said Kostas.
His favourite healthy meal is: Chicken fillet, with veg and rice.
“Nice and simple and you can eat as much veg as you like and stay healthy” said Kostas.
Kostas is available to book for Personal Training Sessions here at Penistone Leisure Centre. You can learn more about this by clicking here
“Being a parent does make it more difficult to get to the gym,” said Kostas, as he has found out with his two girls, so he says you have to plan and make sure you find the times where you can fit a workout in as “your own health is important too”.
Let the leisure centre help you Love Yourself Healthy. No contract, simply take an induction (followed by your first session for free) to be able to use the gym whenever it’s open – click for opening times.