HATTIESBURG, MS - With summer just around the corner, some people make excuses to start a diet or get in shape. Between working, balancing family and life's minor aches and pains, sometimes getting in shape falls by the wayside.
Working out can not only increase your endorphins, but also improves your physical appearance and overall confidence. MaeLang Bradley is one of those people who keeps busy working in Nurse Management but found the time to push her body with weight lifting.
“Some people will say are you 30? 35? I'm like yea, I'm 35,” Bradley said with a laugh.
Bradley is 50-years-old and to most, doesn't look a day over 40. Her lean, muscular frame can be attributed to a proper diet and training in a gym. She starting training about eight months ago, and her new found confidence has encouraged her to achieve a new goal: competing in the NPC Pine Belt Showdown, which takes place in May.
“At first, I was a little shy about it, thinking, I can't do that at my age, that's not something I'm interested in doing,” said Bradley. “But now that I've gotten the results that I've gotten, I feel more confident about doing it.”
With proper diet, and guidance from a personal trainer, Bradley is in the best shape of her life.
“Well with Mae, we used strength and conditioning, a lot of cardio, a lot of core work; just a variety of movements to try to make sure we don't miss any parts of her muscle,” personal trainer Ron Thompson said.
It doesn't matter if you're 50 years-old or 15, personal fitness isn't achieved overnight. Often times the first step is having a can-do attitude.
“Basically, walking through the door is the hardest part,” said Thompson. “Once you walk through the door, find a trainer that suits your needs, works within your abilities, and be safe.”
Keep in mind that everyone's body responds differently and everyone has different fitness goals. Just because you don't lose weight as quickly as you may like, doesn't mean you should give up!
“The first thing you need to do is get up, get off the couch, get out of the bed, drop the soft drinks and the fast food,” Bradley said. “Stop all of that and take the first step to becoming a member of a gym.
You know, it all comes back down to you and what you expect out of it.”