The 4 things I’ve learned from personal training

  • November 6, 2016

fitness-1730325_1280The first time I had a personal trainer was in my late teens. It was not the most pleasant experience. This personal trainer would put me on a treadmill or some other machine and then disappear. On more than one occasion I would just leave after the time was up on whatever machine he had me on. He was always too busy with a more attractive girl or talking to some other coworker. Quite naturally, at the time, = I thought “Why waste my time and money with a trainer when I could just go to the gym and walk on a treadmill?”.  After all I didn’t have to pay to be ignored, right?

I lived a lot of years thinking that all trainers were the same.  As such, I shied away from using training services.  Actually, I shied away from physical activity at all except what I engaged in at work as a teacher.   It wasn’t until recently, with a little courage and the support of Dr. Scurry, that I let my guard down a little bit and started with a personal trainer again.   Happily, my trainer Travis was kind, understanding, patient, and supportive.  At the same time he challenged me and empowered me to make better nutritional choices, to put my health first, to stand tall, and to have confidence in my abilities.

My experiences, both positive and negative, have taught me many things.  I’d like to share them with you because they may help you in your wellness journey.

  • Not all trainers are clueless about what their clients need.
    1. There are trainers out there that who are very knowledgeable in their field
    2. Qualified, compassionate trainers know exactly what kind of workout program each individual client needs to reach their goals and at the same time improve on things such as posture and balance.
  • Nutrition and exercise truly go hand in hand
    1. Having an individualized nutritional plan will help you reach your goals faster
    2. A “one size fits all” approach to nutrition is doomed for failure because, wait for it, we’re all different!
    3. It’s important to have some protein after a workout because exercise, especially strength training, can cause little tears in the muscle. Protein provides building blocks for muscle repair.  Also, eating helps to replace lost sodium potassium and other electrolytes that we sweat out when we exercise.   Continued exercise without proper nutrition can lead to injuries.
    4. The other important habit that I’ve improved upon is drinking water. Water helps to replace much needed fluids that we lose when we work ou
  • Over working out
    1. Yes people there is such a thing as over working out and it can be counterproductive—your body needs at least 1 day between workouts to recover appropriately (Rome wasn’t built in a day!)
    2. Remember you need balance in your life—take your kids to the park, go to a movie, sit with a good book, enjoy your life!
  • Jogging is enjoyable
    1. Who knew? I never thought that I would like jogging but now I love it and it’s helping to build up my cardio-respiratory stamina
    2. It helps clear your mind and allow you to focus on something other than the day’s stressors
    3. It can be used as a coping mechanism instead of emotional eating—yeah been there.

I’m grateful that I found the inner courage to start taking care of my health and make positive changes in my life.  I’ve found empathy, kinship and support at Body & Mind.  Their support has helped me reach significant milestones like jogging, being able to walk short and long distances without  feeling like I’m going to die, and most importantly I now have so much more energy to do things with my loved ones. It’s not easy but all the hard work is worthwhile.

What does all of this mean to you?

It may mean it’s time to find your inner strength to make a positive change.  It also may mean that you deserve to be surrounded with positive vibes, people who are there for you and support your positive growth.    Some of us have these supports but many of us may not.  Our staff is composed of people who get that.  We have struggled and know that without compassion, structure, and positive regard a person’s ability to get healthy is very difficult.

Make yourself a priority and contact us today to begin your journey toward improved health.   Most of our packages include personal training to ensure your long-term success.  I know you may feel scared right now but take the first step and call us today at 1-844-MYLIFE-1 or click here.  Remember you’re worth it!



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