Being a trainer means we have to be in tune with everything health and fitness. Trainers are constantly reviewing equipment, research articles, recipes, and so much more. If we are not reviewing these factors on a consistent basis then we are not doing our job. Trainers are absolutely good enough without reviewing all of the compiled information, but we owe it to ourselves and (more importantly) to our clients to make sure this is done.
As a proud member of IDEA Health and Fitness Association, I am an avid user of the entire website by browsing through their enormous health and fitness library of articles, videos, etc. I am also a huge fan of their magazine Fitness Journal which is also available as an online source. Every so often, IDEA will ask its members to fill out a survey. Coming from a research background, I go bonkers for data and even more-so for the results. June’s Fitness Journal asked its members to take a survey that asked numerous questions in regards the members and his/her profession. Each magazine also asks members to respond to simple questions that they can email to an editor. Last month’s edition asked: If you could choose between your client taking 45 minutes a day to either prepare fresh food or to complete a 45 minute workout which would you choose?
As much as I love hearing that a client made it in for a workout (especially on the weekend), the quality of our food is astronomically more important than our training. What we put into our bodies directly resembles how we are represented on the outside. The first thing I tackle with new clients is nutrition, or nourishment. I hate the word “diet” so I completely shut that word and thought process down. According to me and countless others, nutrition is the largest factor in determining results for most people. Just by simply changing how one eats breakfast can have an enormous impact on a person’s life.
I’ve seen several percentages as to how much nutrition influences a person’s results. Some say nutrition is 50% or 66% or even 80%. Regardless, it counts as at least half of the battle, if not more. I like to think it’s around the 60% range with weight training and exercise accounting for 30% and 10% coming from mental aspects. Your nourishment plan directly correlates with the type of results you want to achieve. There is no doubt about it. Whether you want to lose 70 pounds or gain 50 pounds over the next year, what you feed your body is the key. Obviously, the type of foods that you consume is a whole other story. Long story short: whole, fresh foods are essential. Take the next step in your routine and eat better. We can all eat better.
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Finally, as I wrap this up, I’d like to leave you with a train of thought: How many people do you know that work out 6 days a week for the past year, but haven't changed one bit? On the flip side of the coin, I bet you know at least one person who has worked out 6 days a week for the past year and looks phenomenal. I would bet that it's because that person changed their diet dramatically. It's hard. It's supposed to be hard. If it were easy EVERYONE would do it. But EVERYONE does not do it.
YOU are not EVERYONE.