THE TIMES – our trainer, Darren, is model for fitness over forty

Posted Wed 16 Mar 2016

Fitness Runs in the Family is passionate about finding and providing fitness and nutritional advice and solutions to real working families – for people who have moved into the stage of life where children, family and responsibility take over and it is all too easy to see our metabolism and lean tissue percentage start to diminish as we enter ‘mid-life’.

We are proud to see one of our trainers, Darren Jones, featured in The Times as the model for midlife fitness in the article by well regarded personal trainer, Matt Roberts. The article draws attention to the new government campaign One You which is working towards getting people in their ‘midlife’ fitter, stronger, more active and taking their nutrition more seriously.

This is an issue we are keen to promote.  When you become a parent and you slide down to the bottom of your own priorities it is easy to let your health, fitness and wellbeing slip too.  Before you know it you are working in a sedentary job and finding it hard to motivate yourself to get up, get out and get moving in your leisure time.

It is more important than ever as we become parents and have less time on our hands to focus on ourselves to prioritise our health and fitness.  Why?  Because PRIORITIES GET DONE – we make time for them, we sacrifice less important things in order that they get done first.   The article summarises a few of the things we should be doing:


  • A few yoga sessions and the odd run thrown in is NOT ENOUGH!
  • Aim to exercise 4 times per week doing both HIIT and LISS cardio AND resistance training. (HIIT = high intensity interval training such as circuits working hard for a few minutes at a time before resting & repeating and LISS = low intensity steady state training – working at a lower steady intensity over a prolonged period such as going for a jog / swim for 30+ minutes)
  • Lift weights to offset diminishing muscle mass & dwindling metabolism – I would recommend booking a session with a qualified fitness professional / personal trainer to help build you an appropriate programme of exercises and ensure you are carrying out the exercises correctly to be most effective and safe.
  • Use yoga and pilates exercise within your workouts (at the beginning or end) to help with flexibility, conditioning and core strength and stability but this should not replace hard exercise but be done in addition to your 4 sessions per week.
  • In addition walk every day for 25-30mins minimum.
  • A high protein, low sugar diet is necessary to help with losing fat and building lean tissue in conjunction with the above.

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