Today’s blog entry is about fitness habits and how people see Personal Trainers, myths and prejudices. Habits are routines that we repeat regularly without thinking. Habits are subconscious behaviours, and they affect our day to day life.
Some people have developed healthy habits, some have what we call “bad habits”. In my opinion, bad habits are only the behaviours that affect us physically, mentally and emotionally, this prevents us from having a normal life.
A physical habit of exercising regularly can have a positive influence on your mental health and it can also have emotional benefits.
I will approach a few healthy habits that will help you live a happy life.
Eat breakfast – fuel your body in the morning with nutrients that will give you energy for the day. A protein shake is a good and healthy alternative to a full breakfast.
Don’t leave your healthy eating habits to chance – If you are eating out check out the restaurant menu before you arrive, at work pack your lunch, bring a healthy snack to eat before so you feel that you are starving. You are in control of your health!
Be consistent – When you start training, keep being consistent, don’t stop after a few months. If you find it boring, switch to a different way of training, do something you enjoy. When you start eating healthy, be consistent, have cheat meals but always get back on track.
Eat real, whole foods – You need to make time to prepare your meals. Processed foods are not as nourishing as the ones you prepare yourself from scratch.
Learn the habit of working out wherever you go – take the gym with you! With the lockdown, a lot of trainers have moved online (me included) and offer either PT online or classes that you can choose from. Therefore, no excuses!
Don’t neglect your mental health – Life is challenging, working in a stressful environment, being in a toxic relationship can impact your mental health. Whether you practice yoga, meditate or see a therapist, it is just as important to make time for this type of exercise as it is to exercise. Having a healthy mental state will help you stay on track with your fitness goals and will allow you to balance your life. Find whatever works for you and stick to it!
Second topic that want to talk about is how people see Personal Trainers.
I will ask you this question: How would you like your Personal Trainer to be? How would you like them to look, to talk or to train you? Feel free to leave a comment below.
A Personal Trainer is a person that has achieved a level of competency for creating and delivering safe and effective exercise programs for apparently healthy individuals and groups. This is the definition.
Nowadays people see Personal Trainers as someone with a perfect physique that has a lot of followers on social media. Female trainers have to be petite and thin and male trainers with big upper body muscles. Men think that a female trainer is not capable to train them if she can’t lift as much as him.
All these are prejudices and they put a lot of pressure on the trainers. I have experienced that first hand. You may say that you are not looking for that in a trainer, but how will you choose a trainer that you haven’t met before?
Trainers don’t represent physical perfection and beauty, they are the ones that help you become a better version of yourself, physically and mentally.