HealthBody & Soul

How do I buff up?

Body & SoulBy Maura O'Neill
How do I buff up?

Dear Maura

I (17) want to build up my body as I’m very thin. I don’t know how to go about it. Should I go to the doctor to get medication? I don’t want to go to the gym in my town because I’d be so paranoid. I have a girlfriend but I want to do this for myself. I hate when people say “God, you’re so thin.”

MAURA SAYS: The best way to achieve your desired body shape is to go to a professional person who can give you expert advice. Could you join a gym in another town? This is where you will get the best help and advice. Or could you afford a personal trainer?

Find out what’s available near you and have an assessment and programme specially designed for what you want to achieve.