As a trainer, most of my work day is spent one on one with my clients as I coach them through their individual workouts in hopes of advancing their fitness levels. I always offer nutritional and wellness advice as well, but what happens after that hour with me when they go about the rest of their day? Fitness professionals rely on our clients as a part of the team when striving towards their goals. So much of the results you desire lies in the work you are willing to do outside of the gym. In other words, a great workout could easily be sabotaged by an insufficient diet, lack of sleep, uncontrolled stress, and other unhealthy habits. When trying to advance your fitness level, I believe that the first step is acknowledging the importance of lifestyle changes! It's an integrated approach that turns goals into accomplishments. Let's work together to gain all of the benefits of the workout. Your results will be worth it... I promise!
Do you ever get tired of the same workout? If so, you probably need to mix up your routine. Try something new, or take that old workout and tweak it. Your body and mind will respond to the changes and you will start to feel improvements quickly. Don't forget, there are three main components to physical fitness... cardio, strength training, and flexibility. Be sure to incorporate all three regularly.
I've been talking alot with my clients lately about the great advantages of exercise on our brain. It seems like every day more research proves how important exercise is to our mental health as we age. A great slideshow is located on webmd if you are interested in finding out more details! Just type in "brainfoods." In the meantime, consider adding blueberries, whole grains, nuts, seeds and fish to your diet on a regular basis. Your brain will thank you.
When beginning a yoga class, I always try to encourage each student to leave their expectations and judgments outside of the yoga studio. Go for your personal best, while listening to the needs of your body and spirit today. Wouldn't it be great if we could maintain that attitude throughout the rest our day? No judgements, no set expectations... I challenge my students during the month of December to happily receive what each class or personal training session has to offer because there are numerous benefits! Each day is a new day, each workout a unique experience. Enjoy the ride!
Has anybody tried cooking and mashing cauliflower instead of potatoes at Thanksgiving? It's a great substitute if you want something much healthier with less calories and lots of vitamins! The recipe is online. Your family won't even know the difference!
This week, I could tell the buzz with my clients was definitely the fact that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. With the excitement and anticipation of the holiday, for some comes the fear of losing control and over-eating. Keep in mind that it is not what we do in one day that affects our health and well-being so much as it is what we routinely do. Be mindful as you go about the holidays that there are always healthier food choices! But let's focus more on family and the real reason for the season... we have so many blessings and we are grateful for all of them!
Make the most of your workout today... The right exercise done the wrong way may set you back, or even cause injuries. But good posture, execution and breathing will definitely benefit you! Always ask a trainer if you're unsure about your technique.
Improve your quality of life by surrounding yourself with positive people, energy, and places!
Kudos to all of my dedicated personal training clients who came out on a crazy rainy Monday to put in a good workout! It would have been easy to stay home and chill, but it's always worth it to go the extra mile... I appreciate your commitment!
Many of my clients are currently experiencing alot of stress in their lives. If stress becomes chronic, it can lead to weight gain and even contribute to heart disease! Before the holidays are here, let's try to de-stress together... take a yoga class, try a short meditation, get on a regular workout regimen. All of these activities have proven to lower our stress levels, and therefore keep us healthier! Let's get active now, and we'll all feel stronger and healthier by Christmas!