Guy Leech's top five fitness lessons
Retired Ironman champion Guy Leech shares his top fitness lessons.
1. Think BIG picture
“A lot of people have lost weight then put it all back on,” Guy says. “You need to think about what you can do differently to get a different result.”
Guy’s father had a heart attack in front of him when he was 12, so he knows how important his health is.
“What you do in your day-to-day life often plays a part in how you end up,” he says. “I often tell people to fast forward to the last 10 years of your life. Do you want to be active and doing things you enjoy?”
2. Phone a friend
“I didn’t have the push to be the best in the world at sport, so I needed to find something to get me up in the morning,” Guy says.
For him, it meant starting a group training program so he had a schedule he couldn’t break and he suggests others follow suit.
“Buddying-up with a partner and exercising with them or doing a group or team exercise is a smart strategy to keep motivated,” he says.
3. Ease into exercise
“Warming up the muscles is important,” he says. “Jumping straight into team sport and going flat-out is not smart.”
Instead, he suggests starting slow and working on flexibility.
“Malleability and flexibility decline as you get older so bending the wrong way or lifting something heavy without a warm-up can get you in a lot of trouble,” he says.
"Jumping straight into team sport and going flat-out is not smart."
4. Start small
“Small changes don’t seem like a lot, but at the end of a year you can have made dramatic changes to your health,” he says.
“Small changes don’t seem like a lot, but at the end of a year you can have made dramatic changes to your health.”