4 Things that All Personal Trainers Teach Their Clients

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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5 Top Reasons Why Everyone Should Aim to Be Physically Fit

Physical fitness doesn’t mean that you can go and run a marathon tomorrow. Physical fitness means that you are regularly involved in exercise and other active activities and that your body and muscles are strong. There are many reasons why it is important to do exercise regularly and get and keep fit. Today, we look at 5 main reasons.

  1. Being fit reduces your risk of developing diseases. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and cancer are very prominent in every country in the world. Being active and keeping your body healthy, helps reduce your risk of developing these diseases.
  2. Exercise helps you lose weight or maintain your weight. Being active can help you lose weight. Most doctors suggest that at least 30 minutes of walking or other exercise per day is necessary. If you want to lose weight, you will need to put in more time and effort.
  3. Being fit may help you live longer. Being fit makes your body healthier and stronger and reduces the risk of falling, breaking hips or legs, etc. that comes with old age. People who are active and physically fit have a lower risk of dying young.
  4. Fitness makes you feel better. Exercise is a mood enhancer. If you are active and do exercises regularly, you will find that you are better able to focus, more productive, and that your memory and thinking processes improve. Being active does not only keep your body healthy, it also keeps your mind fit and positive.
  5. Exercise strengthens the bones and muscles. Regular exercise that includes both aerobic and strength training, will help make your muscles and bones strong. This will also lower the risk of developing osteoporosis and other such diseases.

These are only 5 of the many benefits that being active and doing regular exercise holds. The bottom line is that exercise is not just a way to lose weight. It is also a way to keep your body and your mind active and healthy so you can be happier and live longer.