Our series on Why I Work Out talks to leading individuals in the health and wellness industry, about what gets them moving and why. This week, Charlotte spoke to Keith McNiven, founder of London-based personal training company Right Path Fitness.
An act of passion
“I train because it’s my passion, because it’s my job and because I want to live a long and healthy life.
“Competing in wrestling to a high level as a teenager was both physically and mentally tough sometimes, but you learn to push on through and you quickly get used to the wellbeing effects of training. I started Right Path Fitness because I wanted to help others to become passionate about training. Even without Right Path Fitness though, I would still train regularly. It’s a way of life for me now.
Trusting your own advice
“There’s also a certain level of responsibility working in the fitness industry. No-one would want to take advice from a professional who didn’t invest time and energy in their own fitness. I firmly believe that exercise improves and enhances a person’s life and if I’m going to recommend it for clients, then I’m willing to follow my own advice too!
“At 34, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m keen to look and feel good for as long as I can, and training plays a big part in this. For the small amount of time it takes from your week, the benefits that come from training are more than worth it. It gives you greater confidence, improves your general health and gives you more energy for other areas of your life. If you’re ever struggling with motivation remember that time spent training is never wasted time. It’s an investment.”
Charlotte is a London girl through and through. She sweats through spin and puffs through Pilates to justify trying the latest restaurants and devouring copious amounts of sweet potato fries, burrata and bread – preferably on holiday. Her favourite destinations include Italy, the Maldives and anywhere where the sun’s shining and there’s a strong breakfast buffet. She’s obsessed with walking, visiting farmers’ markets and reading. She’s also learning to cook. Wish her (and her husband) luck.