Over 41 million Americans currently have a gym membership. However, only around 100 million of these individuals go to the gym on a regular basis. If you have made a resolution to slim down and tone up, a gym membership is a great investment. Choosing the right gym will require you to do some in-depth research.
Ideally, you want to choose a gym that can offer some one on one help. Working with a personal trainer is a great way to reach your fitness goals. While you may have a bit of anxiety about working with a personal trainer, you need to push through and do it.
Keeping It Honest
Your personal trainer should be viewed as your partner. In order to make this relationship thrive, you will need to be honest and transparent with your personal trainer. In most cases, a personal trainer will want you to stick to a good diet. Without a healthy diet, all of the work you put in at the gym will be basically for nothing. If you are supposed to be following a diet plan and don’t, try to avoid lying to your personal trainer.
It is best to come clean and tell them about the problems you are having. They will be able to offer some suggestions regarding what you can do to stay motivated and on track. In the beginning, staying on a diet and a rigorous workout routine will be hard. However, as you start to see gains, you will become more motivated. Also, the longer you workout and eat healthy, the more it will become second nature and a way of life.
Let Your Trainer Know Your Goals
When first meeting with a personal trainer, you will probably get questions about what your goals are. Knowing what you want to accomplish from a fitness standpoint is important. For instance, if your main goal is to lose weight, then the trainer knows to schedule more cardio.
However, if you are more interested in toning up and building muscle, your trainer may focus heavily on weight training. The overall effectiveness of the fitness program your personal trainer devises hinges on the information you provide them. This is why being honest and forthcoming about what you want is crucial. With the help of a great personal trainer, you can have fun and work up quite a sweat.
Try to Avoid Overdoing It
On your first day with a personal trainer, you may forget about the limitations your body has. While your personal trainer will be looking for signs of fatigue, they may not spot it every time. Overdoing it on the first day can result in lots of aches and pains the next day. The last thing you want to do is take yourself out of commission this early in the game. By working with a personal trainer, you can develop a fitness plan that is both effective and customized to fit your needs and body type.
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When you get overwhelmed, what is your gut reaction?
Is it, A: to close everyone off and hide in a dark corner?
Or, B: do you step back, take a breath, and figure out how to deal with the problem?
If you answered ‘A’, you’re not alone, but this blog is for you. I want you to know that YOU are capable of “doing hard things.” Remember, every setback is a setup for a comeback, and you are a comeback champion.
Ok, so now that you believe you can accomplish whatever difficult situation life hands you with today, let’s give you some practical advice that you can put into play right now when it comes to your health and fitness.
If you are particularly overwhelmed about just getting to the gym, here’s a few tips on how you can increase your daily activity by adding a few small habits:
- Park your car farther away than normal when you get to work or the grocery store. Every step really does counts!
- Take the stairs! Pretend the elevators are broken at least once a day and you’ve got no other choice but to take the stairs.
- Get up and MOVE (10 squats/jumping jacks/push-ups…) when you’re watching TV, on commercials, or at least every 30 minutes.
If eating healthy, meal prep, and nutrition in general overwhelms you, here’s what I would do:
- Understand that we all started somewhere in our learning journey. Changing habits takes education, and you’re on the right course to learn how to take control of your meals. Give yourself time to learn, and never stop learning.
- A lot of us struggle to get breakfast in the morning. I know that I need to have something ready to grab as I’m on the way out the door, because I like to sleep until the very last moment possible. One of my go-to, easy, AND healthy breakfasts are egg muffins. Prep them on a Sunday, then pop them in the microwave for 20 seconds and you’re good to go. That recipe is in our E-Book of Recipes.
- Ask For Help! We are here as your guides through this health and wellness journey. We weren’t born with all the answers, and neither were you. So, let us teach you what we’ve learned, and maybe you can teach us something in return 🙂
Anytime you’re overwhelmed, pause a moment and take a few deep breaths. I know it sounds silly, but it works. It really helps to re-prioritize your problems and find solutions. I once had a manager that told me: “Come to me with any problem, but I hope you have an idea for a solution.” What I took from that was that I actually might have some idea of what to do, and I was strong and smart enough to prioritize a solution. Remember, you can do the hard things life that has in store.
You’re now ready to take on the day and tackle whatever life throws at you!
Have you ever felt frustration with the whole process of pursuing your health and fitness goals?
We at Raw Fitness have broken down and simplified the process by breaking down success into 3 distinct categories.
- Movement Mastery
- Mindset Mastery
- Meal Mastery
In order to be successful you will need all 3. Today's lesson focuses on what may be the greatest source of frustration, confusion, and hindrance to seeing your clothes fit the way you want and having the scale tip in your favor: Nutrition aka Meal Mastery.
Natalia eats, drinks, lives, sleeps, breathes helping others to be successful with their Meal Mastery.
If you want to get out of the rat race of mustering up enough motivation to stay away from "bad foods" or forcing yourself to eat "good foods" then watch this video on a concept we call "Structured Flexibility"
I'm warning you right now, get ready to get off the hamster wheel and find the true way to achievable and sustainable results. This video is a game changer.
Hopefully you have visited our gym or perhaps even this website because you have worthy fitness goals.
Perhaps you are one of the many people who may feel anything from a light case of butterflies walking into a gym environment, all the way up to a full blown panic. Or perhaps it's somewhere in between.
The obtrusive thoughts of: "what if I look stupid?", or "what if I can't do it?", or even "what if my muscles start to burn and I get out of breath and I don't like the way it feels?" can be a much more negative experience than the workout itself.
So whether you are highly debilitated by this, or it just steals a little of your joy, the encouraging reality is that we have the capacity to learn and grow and change as humans.
You, as many have before you including myself, can overcome this and not let is stand in the way of you making your comeback, whatever that may look like for you.
Would 10 minutes of your time be too much to ask in order to launch you into some serious forward momentum in dealing with your anxieties, both in the gym and out?
Good! Because I actually only need 6. Check out the video below and as always, we welcome any comments you feel comfortable bringing to the table.