Personal trainer and wellness blogger Jay Moir debunks three fitness myths
Successful personal trainer and wellness blogger Jay Moir wants to debunk three fitness myths that people keep on falling for. The incredible personal trainer himself has beat all the odds in his fate and has proved that anybody can get into fitness.
Jay is a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a permanent movement disorder, which you can have from a young age or it can show symptoms at a later stage. However, Jay had beat the dark side of depression and wanted to have a positive mental health, which he did through fitness. (Suggested reading: Jay appeared on Insider.com)
He used the app MyFitnessPal, in order to find the right diet for him and signed up to the gym. He was soon attending the gym 6 times a week, causing him to lose just under 5 stone and it helped him have a positive outlook of life. That is when he decided to help others and show them that it is never too late to turn to fitness, by becoming a qualified gym instructor.
The scottish personal trainer cares especially about equality within the fitness industry for those with disabilities. To him, fitness is very important, not just for physical health, but mental health. He feels that it’s very important that disabled people should realise that they can exercise/lift weights the same as everyone else and that their unfortunate circumstances shouldn’t define them.
Jay Moir now runs a website as a blogger and a youtube channel where he explains the truth about fitness, the success it has brought him and which myths to avoid. Here are the three myths he wishes to debunk and help those who are getting into fitness.
Jay has explained that there is a big misconception when it comes to nutrition. “There is no such thing as ‘bad foods’. It’s all about calories in, calories out. If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight, and if you eat less calories than you burn, you lose!”
“You can have a McDonald’s if it fits in with your calorie allowance – there are no foods that you shouldn’t eat, this is a myth – again, it all comes down to quantity. There are no foods that ‘produce fat’- the only thing that leads to that, is a surplus of calories”.
Jay states that “Firstly; carbohydrates should be your main source of energy in a balanced healthy diet. Carbohydrates are broken down into sugar, known as ‘glucose’ prior to being absorbed into your blood and then the glucose enters your body aided by insulin, allowing us the energy to go about our everyday lives.”
Jay advises that a lot of people intend to cut carbs out of their diet right away, thinking that it will help them become leaner and lose weight quickly. However, if you do cut out carbs completely, then you will most likely suffer from dizziness, dehydration, confusion and lack of energy as side effects. There are healthy complex carbs that you can enjoy and there are always wholemeal versions too.
Only muscular people can join the gym
Jay explains, “Naturally, we all envisage ‘the gym’ as some sort of showboating area; men with bulging muscles, women with the ‘perfect’ body, and I feel; in my opinion, this deters a lot of people, and I can completely relate.” However, that didn’t stop Jay from going to the gym, carrying out weight lifting and building up his muscles. He wants people to not feel uncomfortable or intimidated when they first sign up to the gym, for anybody can achieve their fitness goals, just like he has done so.
Jay believes that fitness really helps with mental health, for when you are working out it can release endorphins. This is a chemical in the brain that lifts up your mood and makes you feel positive. Working out can really change your perspective in life and can help you feel like you have achieved a lot, which you have, given the finishing results.