S4C’s innovative health, fitness and well-being series FFIT Cymru began airing on 10 April (with English sub-titles available). The show’s mission is to create a fitter Wales one step at a time.
Five inspiring and committed contributors (known as Leaders) will be guided by three experts during their journey to change old habits for good by following a fit and healthy lifestyle. Personal trainer Rae Carpenter, dietician Sioned Quirke and psychologist Dr Ioan Rees will support the Leaders every step of the way as they aim to transform their health and subsequently their lives. Each Leader has a compelling story to tell and we invite you along for the journey. Viewers are encouraged to take part by following a customised weekly online diet and fitness plan as the series progresses and track their own development. FFIT Cymru is a 360-degree project that spans television, social media and online.
The 8 x 60’ series is currently airing weekly and presented by Welsh broadcaster Lisa Gwilym who is best known for presenting shows on BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Wales and S4C.
There is increasing concern for the nation’s health with 60% of adults in Wales overweight and 1 in 4 considered obese**.
According to the National Survey of Wales 3 in 5 adults in Wales are overweight or obese; 1 in 5 adults in Wales smoke; 1 in 5 adults in Wales drink more than the weekly guidelines and only 1 in 4 adults in Wales eat the recommended 5 fruit or vegetables per day. The NHS in Wales spends £73 million each year treating and trying to prevent obesity – according to research from Welsh Government.
The show has been created with help and support from the Welsh Government, Public Health Wales, Sports Wales, the Football Association of Wales, mental healthy charity MIND, Bangor University, Sustrans and Parkrun UK.
For more information, and to follow the diet and fitness plans, go online to: www.s4c.cymru/ffitcymru
S4C is available on all TV platforms in Wales and across the UK on Sky, Freesat and Virgin Media. The Welsh language channel is also, available across the UK on s4c.cymru, BBC iPlayer, YouView, Amazon Fire and Samsung Smart TV and on mobile devices via the S4C App. English subtitles are available on most programmes, including FFIT Cymru, either as an optional service or burnt-in.
One of the 5 leaders, Catherine Lewis chatted to Entertainment Views about the series:
Tell me about the TV programme and what inspired you to apply?
FFIT Cymru is a TV programme to help the lucky 5 Leaders chosen to be apart of it to lose weight, get fit, have a healthier lifestyle and body and ultimately transform their lives! But the programme isn’t only there for us 5, they also want everyone in Wales to take part in some way or other. By watching the programme everyone across Wales will be able to watch and get an idea of how the food and exercise plan works. The series also has a website with many recipes for healthy foods to cook – they are super easy and anyone should be able to give them a go. Check it out here: https://www.ffit.cymru – it is in English and Welsh. I was inspired to apply because the advert looked absolutely incredible. I have tried so many different diets that I no longer knew what to do. I started to think at one point “this is how I am now and I need to start accepting it”. But once I saw the advert I just knew straight away “this is what I NEED”! We receive the help from 3 amazing experts in fitness, diet and psychology every step of the way for 8 weeks – there really isn’t a better way than this. I have a daughter who is only 2 and I really want her to grow up knowing everything she should know about keeping her body healthy, so I am now doing this for me and her.
What does fitness mean to you?
Fitness to me means having your body in the best shape: having your body’s fitness age at the age you are living at the moment – even younger. Now I’ve started with my fitness I’m beginning to realise how important fitness is to our bodies and how much my body enjoys it. And this is exactly what FFIT Cymru wants everyone to do. Your body LOVES it when you work out, do some cardio or even just going for a walk! It’s surprising how good my body feels just after a month of trying to get fitter. Your body will never say no to exercise, it is always your mind. It’s important to try to change the way you think of these things and they will start to happen.
How do you feel that our well-being can be improved physically and mentally?
Our well-being can be improved physically and mentally just by eating healthier and exercising. It sounds obvious but it’s true. You eat healthier- you feel it too! You feel amazing just by changing the things you eat. Changing the way you think of food is important too. Yes, it’s important that you enjoy what you eat but food isn’t there just to enjoy, food is the energy our body needs to move around, to do day to day life things.
How do you personally keep motivated to maintain your own fitness?
I keep motivated by thinking of how many days of exercising I have completed and how I don’t want to un-do everything I have done up till now. The harder the cardio gets, the more I start to realise how far I have come and how I’m getting used to running longer. The longer I run – the prouder I feel. It just makes me eager to carry it on and achieve more after seeing that I can do it.
What can we expect from the television programme?
You can expect to see how we deal with day to day temptations and the things that bring us down the most. But you will also learn how to deal with those situations if it happens to you. The expert advice we receive is invaluable too – anyone can take that on board. You can learn how to eat healthier and how to keep your body healthy by watching the programme. I’ve learnt so much from it all and it’s all on TV so, if I was a viewer knowing what I know, I would definitely tune in to see what I could learn!
Why should everybody tune in?
Everyone should tune in if they want to be healthier but also even if they don’t think they want to make the change – it might motivate you to make a change for your own well being! You will honestly learn so much from the series. Not only have we grown in our fitness and addressed our eating habits but we have also grown in our confidence and how we push ourselves out of our comfort zone to achieve higher things that we would never do! It might be just the push you need to start your journey. Everything you need to start off is on the FFIT Cymru website: https://www.ffit.cymru – go on give it a go.