Are You 'Flying Blind' or Do You Have Direction?
Fitness education is the difference between spinning your wheels versus seeing real, tangible results. Not all nutrition plans are created equal, and neither are all workouts. Everyone wants to eat and workout in the right way but for many, diving headfirst into fitness education is daunting and a bit confusing. There is so much to know, so much to do and, of course, so much to not do. So, where do you start and who should you believe?
Setting Your Fitness Goals
For proper goal setting, you want to focus on behaviors instead of outcomes. Exercising 60-minutes per day, eat 1 cup of vegetables with each meal, eat lean protein with each meal, or sleeping 7-8 hours per night are all great examples of behavior goals. On the other hand, lose 50 pounds, fit into a size 0 jean, or look like a famous celebrity are all outcome goals you should avoid creating. To help you focus on behavior-based goals, a certified Personal Trainer is the perfect way to help you turn your behavior goal into a “SuPeRSMART” goal.
Achieving long-term health and fitness goals can be tough, but with SuPeRSMART goals you are much more likely to succeed.
Rather than leaving your goals vague and unachievable, SuPeRSMART goals require that you be specific about your what you want to achieve, why you want to achieve it, when do you want to achieve it by and how you are going to achieve it. There are several components for you to work through and consider while building your action plan with a Personal Trainer.
Understanding Weight Training
Whether you are brand new to weight training, have minimal experience, or have been strength training for several years, a Personal Trainer can provide you with the right fitness education. They will be focused on helping you improve and strengthen your knowledge and understanding the importance of incorporating weight training into your workout plan.
Benefits of Weight Training
Weight training is truly the gift that keeps on giving. For example, weight training increases your metabolism, lowers blood pressure, increases bone density, improves mood and reduces stress. Additionally, from a diet perspective, weight training is highly beneficial. Not only do the workouts burn a significant amount of calories, but you will increase your overall muscle mass which increases your caloric needs (AKA boosts your metabolism) allowing you to eat more calories during a maintenance phase. If you are skeptical about adding weight training into your workout plan because of reading or hearing negative things about lifting, this next section is for you.