Exercise 'can help people feel in control of their body'

19 December 2011

People who are trying to lose the pounds prior to weight loss surgery could boost their fitness and confidence through exercise that helps them feel in control.

According to one expert, forms of physical activity such as yoga, pilates and tai chi can allow people to feel empowered and focused in their goals.

Charlene Hutsebaut, exercise expert for The De-Stress Diet, said that working out is a great confidence booster and will give people the motivation they need to carry on, especially when they see the results happening.

She commented: "Some people may underestimate their fitness capabilities so fail before they even start. If they are guided by an educated and empathetic instructor who gives them a chance this can create a feeling of empowerment."

Exercise can also have 'grounding' effects and enhance body awareness, Ms Hutsebaut added.

Charlotte Watts, a nutritional therapist, yoga teacher and co-author of The De-Stress Diet, also mentioned that props are a helpful tool to use during activities such as yoga as they can offer support, comfort and resistance.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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