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I am a woman in my early forties and although I have kept my weight stable my muscle tone has changed dramatically – my arms and legs have lost their muscle mass and I’ve noticed a real difference in my body shape. Is this normal?

Muscle mass does decrease as you hit your forties and as you progress through the decade milestones. It can have a real affect on your overall body shape and on your confidence – but you can stop those changes and regain your muscle mass to a large extent.

Now is the time to cut back on your cardio work and to incorporate more weight and resistance work into your fitness routine. A dedicated programme of weight work will help your body regain muscle mass and you can target the areas you are concerned about. Using weights and resistance will have a good effect on your joints, your strength and your done density too and it will help you achieve a sculpted look. Try to increase the amount of protein you eat too. That will give your muscles the fuel they need to grow.

If you aren’t used to using weights, build them up up slowly – but you will be surprised how quickly those visible results come. I would recommend talking to one of the LC fitness instructors at the gym so they can help you draw up a fitness plan tailored to your needs. 

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Once Christmas food starts appearing in the shops my willpower goes out the window. Is it OK to relax the diet a bit during holiday season?

I’m sure we all know the answer to this one! Why undermine any good work you have done so far by over-indulging at Christmas?

It is harder when sugar-laden foods are everywhere, but stay focused on your goals and your achievements so far and remind yourself every day why losing weight and getting fitter is important to you. Remind yourself too how good you feel when you discover you have lost a pound. I’m sure you get more of a kick from that than you do from eating a chocolate.

I wish someone would market an advent calendar where you could unveil your health and fitness achievements in the 12 days of Christmas!

Resolve not to buy any Christmas food or alcohol until mid-December, ask your family and friends not to give you foodie gifts, schedule exercise sessions in throughout the holidays and start looking now for healthy Christmas recipes you can try out during the holiday season so you feel you are eating something new and exciting – but not laden with calories. 



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I need the structure of a fitness class but I am hopeless at following visual instructions and my co-ordination isn’t the best. Is there a class even I can master?

Yes! We are all different and we all respond to different kinds of exercise regimes. Spin might be a good option for you. It doesn't involve complex instructions or moves but a spin class will give you a serious fat-burning session while strengthening your legs, glutes and core. Spinning is low impact too so the chance of injury is very low. You can control the speed and the intensity level of your session and if you stick with it you will be surprised how quickly you see fitness results.


The LC holds spin classes each weekday and on Saturdays and Sundays tooand they have just invested in new state of the art equipment so, no excuses – get on your bike!



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Check out Dean's latest health and fitness blog, where he asnwers some topical questions:


I need some fast fitness results but I lose concentration in classes. Is there one which would hold my interest and give me speedy results?

Classes are great for making you keep up the pace but I know some people find them repetitive. How about trying Bootcamp?

Bootcamp gives you a tough, intensive workout session which will challenge every muscle – and you get little rest time during the class so you shouldn’t have time to get bored.

Based upon military style fitness training, bootcamp sessions are a very efficient way of getting a good cardio workout and a targeted strength workout, while wasting very little time. You will ache afterwards – so be prepared, but you will see results fast too. If you are looking to burn calories this is a good choice  – you can burn up to 600 calories during an hour’s bootcamp workout. The LC offers sessions early in the morning on Tuesdays.

I suffer from Seasonal Affected Disorder and I dread the onset of the autumn and winter months. Would more exercise help me?

Yes, without doubt. Exercise is scientifically proven to boost endorphins in the body which have a positive affect on our mood. I know it can be hard to motivate yourself to get moving when you are feeling low, but regular exercise,  daily if possible, would pay dividends.

Try to schedule at least 30 minutes of brisk exercise each day – whether that involves taking an exercise class, walking on the beach, getting on your bike or going for a swim. Exercising with a friend might help you too – if you can make exercise social you are more likely to enjoy your session.

Not only will regular exercise boost your mood, you are likely to feel better about yourself and about life if you look and feel fitter. Take the chance to exercise outside as often as you can too – that way you can absorb as much uplifting daylight as possible. 

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