5 KEYS TO HELP YOU FIND THE RIGHT GYM OR PERSONAL TRAINER

If you’ve had a bad experience with gyms, don’t know how to distinguish if you have found the right personal trainer or get anxiety just thinking about going into a gym, this article is for you.  Unfortunately, just looking at someone’s credentials and college degree (hopefully they have one or the other or both) will tell you very little about a personal trainer’s ability to appropriately train someone. Many certifications can be obtained online for a few dollars and a few hours of time.

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IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH WITH ONE SIMPLE STEP

Christmas is around the corner, and you’re deciding if you’re going to try to make it to the gym to stay healthy throughout the holidays or just say “forget it” and start next year.  What if I told you that you could immensely positively impact your health without even stepping into a gym? What if you could start working on a very important and often overlooked component of health without it even affecting your holiday schedule?  What is it, you ask?  ....

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DO YOU REALLY NEED TO EXERCISE MORE?

If you’re tired of clocking in hours at the gym with little to no results, try not to fall into the trap of the idea your workout regimen is not hard enough.  When health and fitness results are hard to come by, most people start wondering what other exercise routine they can add into their week, how many more calories they need to restrict or how much more time they need to put in the gym since what they’re doing obviously isn’t enough.

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DO YOU REALLY NEED TO EXERCISE MORE?

(exercise/ stress) without ever putting money back in (recovery).


People not only need to recover from the stress exercise puts on them, they also need to diminish the impact life stressors put on their body.


Your kids’ insane schedules; a toxic work environment; crazy work deadlines; relationships; the loss of a loved one; an autoimmune disease; horrible diets; dysregulated breathing; and low quality of sleep … Every single aspect of your life is something to consider when starting a workout regimen, because they will impact your ability to succeed and get results from exercising.


Before you let another trainer tell you you need to go harder to see better results, try considering you may not be recovering enough. Instead of beating yourself up for not doing more, try taking a step back and see how you can do less. Try working on your sleep. Start taking a daily walk or begin a meditative practice. Find a personal trainer who utilizes a holistic approach that will take your ability to recovery into consideration when he or she trains you.


    

If you’re looking to get results you can sustain for a lifetime, it’s time to put money back into your body bank account. If you start taking care of your body, it will return the favor and give you the results you’ve been looking for.

LUCY HENDRICKS

Lucy Hendricks is co-owner of Enhancing Life and Teacher at The Lexington Healing Arts Academy Personal Training Program. She is a personal trainer that takes a holistic approach to health and fitness. She looks at all factors that impact her client’s results in the gym: stress, nutrition, breathing, routine, sleep, and more. By considering the whole picture, her clients can expect to achieve sustainable results and avoid plateaus or over-training.

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If you’re tired of clocking in hours at the gym with little to no results, try not to fall into the trap of the idea your workout regimen is not hard enough.


When health and fitness results are hard to come by, most people start wondering what other exercise routine they can add into their week, how many more calories they need to restrict or how much more time they need to put in the gym since what they’re doing obviously isn’t enough.


Our fitness culture and some health experts have misguided many people into believing success is driven by how hard you go in the gym. That’s why there are high-intensity boot camps opening all over town with the promise of crushing you into the ground and rewarding you for going all-out during every single workout.


Unfortunately, this type of exercise program has left many people with little to no results, beat up and confused as to why all their hard work has only dug the hole deeper for them.


The truth is, people are exceeding the amount of stress they run their body through and are not putting any emphasis on recovering from it.


If we were to compare bodies to bank accounts, many people are walking around with overdrawn accounts. When you keep taking away from the body, it will eventually start fighting back by not giving you the results you’re searching for. You can’t keep taking money out