Sunday, 10 May 2015

Take It From The Trainer

If there is one person who will make you sweat, work and maybe even cry at the gym is none other than your mom trainer. When it comes to exercising, your trainer knows best. We bring you some tips form trainers all around the world. 

  • Sleep well before you hit the gym for a strenuous workout and wake up at a reasonable time, everyday. Exercise is meant to revitalise your body not stress you out and leave you drained. Make this a habit. 
  • Eat a good breakfast one hour prior to workout is essential. (Read our post on Pre workout foods
  • Get in tune with your body - what it can and cannot do or which workouts suit you the most. Spend sometime on this little mental exercise and you will see that you will enjoy the physical exercise more. 
  • Start with a small fitness goal, say spending not more than 20-30 minutes at the gym each day. As you get better and fitter, increase it to 45 minutes and so on. Increase the level of workouts alongside the time spent at the gym. Push yourself little by little to stay motivated. Log your food intake, time spent, variation in workout etc to keep track of your fitness.
  • Find a way to squeeze in a workout in everything you do. Whether it is walking to the mall for shopping, walking your baby in the park, doing the laundry, walking to work, taking the steps instead of the elevator, carrying your grocery bags etc. You will continue to burn calories through the day and not do it all at once.
  • Treat your time at the gym as the most important thing in your schedule. And ensure you work everything else around your workout, like an important doctor’s appointment. If this seems impossible with your routine/meetings, write down a minimum number of workouts you want to achieve in a week and most importantly, stick to it. Otherwise you will do everything to miss the gym!
  • More than how to look, working out should make you feel fit from the inside. There will be days when you will simply want to stay in bed because your legs won’t move. But once you hit the treadmill, you will see how good you feel. Exercise should make you feel more energised and invigorated. So don’t waste time checking yourself out in the mirror or weighing yourself every other day.
  • Reward yourself each time you achieve a weekly goal - we are talking about small materialistic rewards not a fancy meal. Something that is enough to reinforce your motivation and keep you going. 
  • Eat right and you will see that you will need to spend less time breaking a sweat at the gym. Do let loose once in a while but think about all the calories you will have to burn at the gym the minute you start going overboard with that plate of fries or an extra burger. 
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