The Number One Way to Make Your Trainer Angry
Top 10 tips on how-to stay motivated to exercise all year-round.
There are a few things that can frustrate me. Slow internet speed, no access to WiFi, sale items at grocery stores that are sold out, traffic, weeds (I hate gardening), and even Facebook frustrates me when they change their algorithms – yet again!
As I gotten older technology, and such, is frustrating me at faster pace than it used.
People, however, aren’t.
The number way to make your trainer angry
With age I am finding I actually have greater patience with clients and individuals than I ever have had before. That is until they do this:
They head out of town for a vacation, or a business trip, or because of family matters, and they leave their home and their runners behind.
They decide that because they are “away” they don’t need to maintain their fitness and health program.
I’m not quite sure why they do this.
I have heard a variety of excuses, though.
For instance: I didn’t have time, there wasn’t a gym, or my personal favourite, I never workout when I’m away.
It baffles me that people would consciously and purposely lose the strength, flexibility and aerobic capacity that they have just spent the last 9 to 10 months working so hard to get.
How fast you will lose your fitness?
Because you will lose it.
Your aerobic fitness will start to diminish in as quick as seven to fourteen days.
As for those muscles that you have been working so hard to build, in the most drastic scenario studies have shown that you can lose as much as 80% of your strength and tone in as little as two weeks.
80%!!! That’s a big loss.
For the more deconditioned individual, you will lose even more with any hiatus.
Studies have followed new exercisers as they began an exercise program and then stopped it and found that after two months of quitting their newfound fitness program they had lost all of their original gains!
They were back to square one again.
Fit people – your outcome is not as bad, but it is still worrisome.
After 2 months off of your program it is estimated that you will lose about 30% of your gains.
How quick can you get your fitness back?
The question then begs to be asked – how long will it take to get it all back then?
Researchers say that is hard to predict, but for athletes it could take as much as three months to regain your previous fitness level, and for new exercisers it might be as much as three to four months.
So, let’s do the math. Say you’re a new exerciser who started a regular fitness program in January with the rest of rush and you decide to stop exercising for the summer.
You then start up again, say after the kids go back to school in September. It will now take you until the beginning of December to gain back the fitness that you originally had in June when you stopped.
But, then guess what? It’s Christmas.
Now there are parties to go to, schedules that are busy, and the mentality of “I will start up again in January” sets in.
And then after Christmas comes winter holidays, because most people take off some time in the January to March months.
Then there is spring break and then guess what? It’s summer again.
It’s a vicious cycle, with no end in sight and absolutely no fitness gains to be seen.
That is, unless, you decide to break the habit of thinking that exercise is something that can be dropped from the schedule and put back in again when it suits you better.
Exercise is a necessity at maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
It is our only proven fountain of youth, disease-fighter and “I-feel-awesome” medicine all rolled into one.
So I ask you, why would you purposely give all of that up?
10 Tips to stay motivated all year-round
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2/ Never allow more than two days without exercise.
I live by this rule. Why two days? Because once two days has gone by it’s way to easy for that to turn into three days, then four days and before you know days become weeks and months.
3/ Always pack your runners.
Where ever you are in the world if you have your runners you can get a workout in. Whether it’s a quick jog, or a series of bodyweight exercises you can maintain your fitness.
Before you head out of town Google the area and see what there is available. Try a fitness class there to keep you motivated and to try something fun. I have done STEP in Hong Kong, yoga in Mexico, spinning in New York and Zumba in Hawaii.
5/ Wear a tracker.
Wear a fitness tracker and aim for the same step count and calorie expenditure as you would at home.
6/ Wake up earlier.
If your family is not keen on exercising while on vacation then set your alarm 30 minutes earlier and get your workout in before they get up.
7/ Pack it.
If you know you won’t have access to any equipment pack some exercise tubing, your iPod, a timer and a skipping rope.
8/ Track it.
Use an app, or write your workouts down, but track what you are doing. When it’s on paper it makes it more real and real will help keep you accountable.
9/ Penalize yourself.
Studies have shown that people who have to pay others when they don’t stick with their goals tend to achieve their goals. You see we hate giving away hard earned cash, so make a deal with yourself for every day you don’t exercise you owe your favourite charity $5.
10/ Make food and sleep a priority.
Eat the best you can and get a good night’s sleep and you will make it a lot easier on yourself to stay motivated with your fitness all-year around.
When I travel I eat the same way I would at home for breakfast and lunch and do my best for dinner. I still enjoy my travels, while my body continues to appreciate good healthy food.
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