Taking Charge With Fitness Goals
Understanding Fitness Goals
There’s no better feeling as a trainer than to see a client feel the sense of accomplishment that comes with reaching a goal. Whether it’s weight loss or strength gains, to know that you were part of their journey and helped them along the way is the reason you show up every day. But you have to remember that a trainer is only a small part of your decision to make a lifestyle change, the rest is up to you as a client. As trainers, we are only able to see our clients 2-3 times a week for 45 minutes at a time. There are 10,080 minutes in a week total. That’s 0.8% of your week spent with your trainer for supervised exercise. How many minutes are you spending on your own trying to reach your goals.
If what you’re doing got you to where you are and you don’t like it, then why keep doing it? This is why we call it a “LIFESTYLE” change. Yes, working out sucks for some people and yes, some people despise the idea of going to the gym and having to work until little beads of sweat start to roll off their upper lip. Guess what? That’s what usually happens at gyms. The alternative to an unhealthy “LIFESTYLE” would be osteoporosis; higher risk of heart issues; joint issues; and balance issues. Losing what strength you have until you get to the point where you require assistance in everyday activities. None of which are attractive alternatives to the 30-45 minutes a day it would take to help prevent this.
The challenge for the summer isn’t to set a weight loss goal or even a new personal record for pull-ups. It’s to challenge yourself to find a new exercise activity that’s both enjoyable and beneficial. It doesn’t have to take place at the gym or even inside. Get up, get out, and get moving.
“While diet has a stronger effect on weight loss than physical activity does, physical activity, including exercise, has a stronger effect in preventing weight gain and maintaining weight loss” – Mayo Clinic