The Bulletin: March 2020

FITNESS

HOW TO MAKE WORKING OUT WORK! Article by: Mary Green, Personal Trainer If You Do What You’ve Always Done …

After years of struggling to get in shape, convincing yourself that what you needed to do was work harder, be smarter, use more willpower to get results by trying to actually be motivated to get into the gym…forcing determination and fortitude into hours of sweat sessions to make some sort of change (positive) in your body… you realized this was completely and utterly FALSE. Instead, Do What Works! So…what actually DOES work? You are significantly more likely to lose weight and keep the weight off IF you have the following: • A nutrition strategy that is built around your lifestyle, relationship with food, and preferences. • A workout plan crafted for your specific goals and how much time you can commit to exercise. • Accountability from an expert who knows you better than you know yourself. Hiring someone who knows how to tailor a workout that is specifically for you like a personal trainer can/will make all the difference! They are the experts in their field and know exactly how to help each client with their goals, hold them accountable, and customize their workout routine to them specifically (i.e.- body type, fitness level, overactive/over-used versus underactive/under-used muscles, speed, agility, etc.) By doing it this way, instead of moaning and groaning that your job or age or stress levels are the barriers that are setting you back from being the best you that you can be…you’ll progress to an overall healthier self & in a safe and effective way so you get results and don’t injure yourself. How A Personal Trainer Can Help It’s of the utmost importance that you assess your fitness before beginning any fitness program, and to do so correctly one must know the exact scientific methodology behind these fitness evaluations; meaning how they are done (correctly) and why they are done (what are they showing/telling). Assessing an individual’s fitness may include: strength, endurance, flexibility, range of motion, and more. By checking these stats, it’ll be much easier to figure out where to start and where to go from there. The specific components that trainers use for assessing clients when they first begin training them include: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. In general, achieving an adequate level of fitness in all five categories is essential to good health. An individual is responsible themselves for making the right/smart decisions and choices when it comes to diet. But wait, your trainer still will not leave you in the dark! They want their programming to coincide with the fuel you are putting into your body (food) so that coupled together it will in turn create the best, most optimal and sustainable results you’ll get. Trainers do this by offering tips, advice, and ways to help their clients track what food they’re consuming versus what’s being actively burned off (through not skipping meals to portion control to the exercise that’s literally burning those calories off) to make it easier and less of a burden to keep track of. Create Lifelong Healthy Habits with Personal Training With this extra guidance, provided by a trainer, you are going to have not only someone who’s going to be there every step of the way carving out specialized fitness programs for you but you’ll come to find that they are your biggest fan as well. After all, it is their job to make sure you succeed and it is their specialty to do so in a precise, accurate, and clearly defined way: by checking in on you, rooting for you to succeed, and picking you up when you’re down with their genuine motivation and enthusiasm for you. It seems trivial, but just knowing that somebody is actively cheering you on can be enough to make habits start to stick. That doesn’t even factor in that the expert (trainer) is also constantly crafting and re-crafting their plan and strategies to correspond with your unique abilities, strengths, weaknesses, goals, time commitments, and progression week after week. The stronger and more fit you get, the more they have to tweak your workouts to make sure you don’t plateau and keep improving + changing.

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