Are you working long hours, managing people, making decisions, putting out fires, etc? Sometimes the last thing you want to do is figuring out what to do for your training session. Perhaps you find the stress of not knowing frustrating. Also its never nice to feel unproductive, specially if your time is tight as it is.
Something that I picked up from speaking with clients of mine is that they seem to be enjoying the fact that they can come and just do what they are being told to do. They don’t have to think if this is the right thing to do, am I doing it right etc, that is my responsibility as their trainer. They can forget about work and other responsibilities during the time and sometimes vent to someone that is not connected to family or work.
I often say anything is better than nothing, however, at some point, you might feel you want to take things a bit further in terms of optimizing your health. Taking care of ourselves is in theory, not rocket science, I’m sure you know how to eat healthy, sleep more and train but somehow it doesn’t quite translate into a long-term sustainable routine.
Hard to say what the recipe is, of course it is different for everyone however there are a few ways to go about this depending on what your preferences and circumstances are. If you want to tackle this by yourself then I would suggest that you make yourself a plan for your training, food and sleep, look where you can improve. Once you have done that look at what is the smallest amount you have to change to implement your strategy. This can reduce the stress of not knowing what to do.
The second thing you can do is talk to a professional that you feel you can relate to and trust. Most people offer consultations free of charge, there you can chat and see if you are compatible to work together. Depending on what you prefer and budget you can look for online training, virtual training and in-person 1-on-1 sessions. Perhaps it can even be a combination. Thats another way of reducing the stress of not knowing what to do.
Long term health doesn’t only include exercise and food. Exercise, movement, food, sleep, self-care, mental health is all part of the bigger picture and overall health. All of the areas have a role to play. To give you an example of how movement and exercise is different when it comes to preventing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke. Studies show that people that sit down a lot are twice as likely to get any of the above problems than someone who stands and moves around more throughout the day. Even if you exercise 7h a week but sit down for 7h a day that will do little in preventing you from getting these health problems. The key is more movement throughout the day.
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Online-based female personal trainer for individuals who are committed to improving their health through movement.