It can be easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to a lack of participation in physical activity. However, with enough willpower and self-belief, even the most ingrained mindsets can be overturned, David Penney is proof of that.
At 46, David was obese, with what he describes as an ‘expanding 46” waistline’, and began having issues walking. As a result, he joined the Full Contact Performance Centre and became involved in regular physical activity. Incredibly, within just seven months he had lost a third of his body weight.
Now aged 50, Rochdale-based David still regularly attends the gym and recently qualified for the British Powerlifting Championships.
He now wants to share his remarkable story with others and David has written his own book, ‘Escape the Fat Trap: It’s not rocket science’, in which he details his experiences.The book attempts to ‘cut through the smoke and mirrors of the health and fitness industry’ and advise others on how they can adjust their daily habits to lead a healthier lifestyle.
David believes that a holistic approach incorporating mindset, nutrition, training and rest has the best impact and can have life-changing effects on individuals.
“I would suggest that one of the key difficulties in getting older people to exercise is that most of them will have a fixed mindset with regard to what they can expect to achieve,” he said.
“I know for sure that I had such a mindset when I was heavily overweight. However, this soon changes once progress is visible and this can happen very quickly.”
David, a father of three, has two doctorates in science, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Manchester.
For more information on David’s book visit: www.drdavidpenney.com/escape-the-fat-trap
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