Personal trainers are people with a lot of energy and dedication to making other people look and feel good. They know things about the body and how to work with it that we may never know. I spoke to some of my personal trainer friends and together we realized that there are a few things that all of us teach our clients. Here it is:
Exercise is only part of the plan – Exercise on its own is not enough. Eating habits will also have to change. It doesn’t matter how hard you train at the gym or how far your run every day. If your eating habits don’t complement and enhance your exercise program, you will not get the results that you are looking for.
You should enjoy your training – Working a client so hard that they end up puking is not the way to go. This method is actually counterproductive and causes a lot of negative effects, emotionally and physically. Instead of overdoing things, use your other activities like walking dancing, gardening, and cleaning as part of your exercise program. You should try to make it fun instead of making it horrible and dreading it.
Cardio isn’t enough – Getting your heart rate up is good and it your body will appreciate it. However, if your goal is to lose weight or gain muscle mass, you need to include strength training with weights. A combination of cardio and strength training is the best recipe.
Your small daily actions are also important – Simple things like stretching at your desk, taking the stairs, parking further away from the door, etc. are important. These simple and small activities can help you increase the number of calories you burn in a day. These things may seem simple and insignificant, but they add up and will definitely help.
At the end of the day, we as personal trainers want to help our clients achieve their goals. These simple points are what gets them there. The small things are just as important as the big things. If you put your mind to what you want to achieve, you have won half the battle.
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