Why use a Personal Trainer?
Personal trainers tailor exercise programs for your individual needs. No two people are alike, so no two people should train in exactly the same way. It is very important to do some sort of regular exercise as most people have quite sedentary lives and spend long periods sitting. We are generally less active, more stressed and eat more packaged or junk food. Training should be fun, and if done correctly, will be enjoyable, effective and become a regular part of your life. If you do not train properly you could be wasting your time; you will not see results, become demotivated and soon give up. With one to one training you will learn how to train correctly with a variety of techniques. You will learn about yourself, and how you can train with many different types of equipment as well as using just your bodyweight. A good personal trainer can change your life.
The most effective way to burn calories is with resistance strength training. When we do low intensity cardio such as jogging, cycling or swimming we are burning calories during the exercise and for a short time afterwards. However when we lift weights we are burning calories and boosting our metabolism for up to 48 hours afterwards! Added to this, the muscle we build is very metabolically active and an extra five pounds of muscle can burn up to 1500 calories a month just by being there!
Eat breakfast! This is a simple way to be healthier and maintain a good weight. Eating a healthy breakfast will stop your body from going into "starvation mode" and storing your next meal as fat.
Do a balanced workout. Make sure you train your whole body. Focusing on some bodyparts over others can lead to muscular imbalances, poor posture and eventually injury. Your biggest muscles are in your legs, back and chest. Train these first, then your shoulders, arms and core muscles. Stretch afterwards, holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds.
If you are short of time you can still make a difference to your health. Most calories we burn come from everyday activites when we are just moving around. For example, standing burns more calories than sitting; walking burns more calories than standing still and walking briskly burns more calories than walking slowly! This all sounds like simple and obvious stuff but if you think about how you can just move more throughout the day you will make a difference to your weight and fitness.
A short bodyweight workout will make a big difference to your fitness levels and even doing 10 minutes a day will get you fitter. Start with some simple stretches then do some bodyweight squats (look these up on youtube if you are unsure how to perform them).
Try to do at least 20 squats. Then move on to lunges (again, youtube will help here!). Do 10 lunges on each leg. Moving on to press-ups now for your upper body, try to do 10 press-ups on your toes or on your knees. Turn over onto your back for some stomach exercises now and try some crunches: with feet flat on the floor and knees bent, support your head and bring your upper back off the floor just a few inches, you should feel this in your stomach muscles. Try to do 10-15 crunches. Finish off with some more stretches and you have just done a good workout.
When all this gets too easy, contact me and I can give you plenty more exercises to keep you going!
Some books that will help with your exercise and healthy eating:
A selection of fitness equipment ideal for a home workout:
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