Routine, accountability: The keys to making fitness work in any schedule
It isn’t always easy to fit the right type of exercise into your schedule that’s best suited for your age, needs and goals.
That was certainly the case for Angela Messier.
Angela had always considered herself an active person, with activities like running, aerobics, swimming, hiking and yoga. But as she got older, she began to have knee problems from some of these activities, and they didn’t do enough to help her maintain strong muscles. Nor were they a fit with her new personal and work schedules.
“As I was in my forties, I began to think that it would be important for me to build muscle mass, get stronger and start a new discipline with respect to my health and nutrition,” she said. “I thought I would give weight training a try.”
But she needed something that would be a practical fit with her work schedule. She found her way to Free Form Fitness’s ByWard Market location in Ottawa, which was on her way to work.
“I was really impressed with the fact that the gym wasn’t too big, the colours, the calmness, the friendliness, the general environment,” Angela said.
She was also sold by the obvious expertise of the FFF team under Jean-Luc Boissonneault and Ashley Lawrie.
“I thought their approach was very professional and sincere, and I could tell they knew what they were talking about. I was particularly impressed with Jean-Luc’s nutritional expertise.”
Two-and-a-half years later, it’s the consistent schedule of three workouts a week with personal trainer Ryan Brown that is keeping her on track.
“I really enjoy going for my fitness workouts in the morning,” she said. “The staff are friendly and professional and seem happy to be working there and helping people achieve their fitness goals. I feel like I am being challenged by Ryan, but not pushed, which is really important, as my goals are simply to get stronger and healthier.”
Angela has never been the sort to fret about her weight. Instead, she goes by the fit of her clothes. She has in fact put on some weight since she began, thanks to the muscle mass she has gained. As a vegetarian, the challenge is to get the right amount of protein in her diet, and strike a healthy balance with her carbohydrate consumption.
While the coaching and counsel of her trainers is crucial, Angela knows it’s a two-way commitment to achieve the results she wants.
“I would like to lose a few inches, but I know I have some work to do on my end if I’m to make the best of the whole experience, with better nutrition and more stretching and yoga,” she said. “But I do my best with the time that I have.”