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Fitness freak

Nasik Swami
Saturday, February 03, 2018

HE trains three times a day.

And his desire to eat healthy and stay fit is extraordinary.

Joseph Chute is no stranger when it comes to fitness and wellbeing.

The 20-year-old personal trainer weighed 117kg two years ago — a feature of his body he was not too comfortable with.

But all changed for the Nasinu lad last year. Joseph, who works at Metro Fitness Centre in Suva, is well known for his fitness routines. Ask his clients and they will tell you of his success stories when it comes to weight loss.

He started training when he was in high school. But two years ago, his unhealthy habits — being on drugs and smoking —took its toll on his body.

Not letting go of his willingness to stay fit, Joseph started his training and diet regime and was optimistic that change was coming. "To be honest, I have been into fitness for some years, but it all changed for me and I got a lot depressed," he said.

"My fat body started making me feel sad. I was into drugs thinking it was the easy way out. I was wrong. Any quick fix to your body is just a Band-Aid solution. It can be dangerous in the long run."

Joseph decided to stop his unhealthy habits and focus on what he wanted — a healthy and fit body.

"What inspired me was that drugs were a waste of time for me. I knew I had potential and dedication. So I knew I had to stop all the foolishness. I set my goals, started with a longterm plan of a year and cut it down to several months. This gave me the opportunity to set up my diet plan and the exercises I wanted to do."

Joseph said staying healthy or getting back into shape was not easy.

But, he said only a simple change in the mind-set was needed to do the job.

"Well, being fit and healthy isn't easy. And to start the change, you need to make sure you are fully determined and then only you can achieve your fitness goals.

"Setting my goals, I started training every morning and this increased as I started noticing changes in my fitness level and strength. Starting something new is always tough.

"And exercising is always a mind game. The more you think you cannot do it, you would not be able to do it."

Apart from his 40 minutes exercise every day, Joseph's main focus was his diet.

He said he started with simple foods such as vegetables, reducing oily foods and takeaways. "Look for the vegetables around your house or just go marketing on Saturdays and you would find lots of vegetables in abundance and at a cheap price.

"My diet includes lots of vegetables, chicken breasts, kumala, soups, grilled fish, coconut juice and water."

He said he had been exercising and looking after his diet for some months now and had seen a significant reduction in his weight.

Joseph now weighs 95kg and is determined to reach his target of 85kg in the months to come.

His advice to those who want to change is simple — start now!

"As they say, abs are made in the kitchen. If you eat unhealthy and do not exercise, you will forever be unhealthy.

"Tell yourself that you want to change. Tell yourself that I am tired of living an unhealthy life. Tell yourself that you will do it.

"You are not late to start the change. Just go and do it."

Joseph said one does not need to be fancy, and a 30-minute walk along the sea wall or on a treadmill was a good start.

"Push yourself and you would not regret seeing the changes you achieved in months."

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