LIMA — Steve Knapke wants to help people lose weight and gain control of their lives.
Obesity “affects so much more in our lives than just our health,” he said.
Knapke, a licensed and certified athletic trainer and owner of Functionally Intense Training in Wapakoneta, spoke to about 90 people at Tuesday’s monthly West Central Ohio Safety Council meeting.
“The obesity crisis in America, obviously it’s a huge issue,” he said. It “really affects so much more in our lives than just our health, it affects so much of our lifestyles.”
Knapke spoke about how thinking differently about nutrition and fitness may help people lose weight and do better at work and home.
“Have a balance. Eat proteins. Eat carbohydrates. Make them healthy food,” Knapke said. “Shop on the perimeter of the grocery store.”
He emphasized healthy foods are the ones that go bad, so people should go to the grocery store more than once a week.
Knapke also told the audience that they should do 150 minutes of light to moderate physical activity in a week, 75 minutes of vigorous activity and two days of strength training.
Then, he detailed the 80/20 rule, that 80 percent of health and weight loss is going to be made through nutrition, and only 20 percent is made by exercise.
“The minimum is not cutting it you guys,” he said. “It’s got to be a shift in thinking, a shift in mindset.”
Though he’s been working as a trainer for about eight years, he’s owned his own gym for two and monitors and advises each person who comes into Functionally Intense Training. He offers high-intensity training, weight training, cardio training and will take clients of any age and ability level.
“I try to challenge everybody at their level,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of success helping people lose weight.”
Knapke hoped to educate people in attendance about the “obesity crisis” in the nation and offer them the ability to think on their own about it and “outside the box of traditional thinking.”
They’ll “hopefully promote a healthy lifestyle with nutrition and exercise,” Knapke said. “Staying fit and understanding having a healthy lifestyle is about supporting their family better, community better and enhancing their way of life.”
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