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Why Should I Bother Getting a Personal Trainer?

Whether you’re a regular gym bunny who’d rather gouge out your own eyeballs with a blunt knife than miss a session or have forgotten what the inside of a health club looks like, there are many benefits to signing up with a personal trainer.

You’d be in good company
According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), around 12 percent of the estimated 51.4 million health club users in America use the services of a personal trainer. Although the majority of users are between the ages of 18 and 44, there really is no lower or upper age limit for enlisting the help of a personal trainer.

You actually can teach an old dog new tricks
Everyone can figure out how to use those machines, right? Actually, no. If you’re just starting out with exercising, the last thing you want to do is “teach” yourself how to use the equipment – wrongly. Even if you hit the gym with alarming regularity, a personal trainer can help you tweak your routine to maximum effect.

You’re more likely to stick to your exercise schedule
It’s a miserable day and the thought of dragging yourself to the gym is hardly appealing. It’s all too easy to think “I’ll do it tomorrow.” It’s still raining the next day and the next. Before you know it a whole fortnight has gone by and you haven’t so much as touched your toes. That situation is likely to be entirely different if you have booked sessions with a personal trainer. You won’t want to just not turn up and you won’t want to waste your money either.

They’ll push you to new levels of fitness
Having a personal trainer is ideal for those who are inclined to give up too easy. Whether it’s five more reps or holding a position for just one more minute, when you think you can’t do another thing, it’s the job of a good personal trainer to get you to do just a bit more. Your reward will be a stronger, fitter you.

Plateau, what plateau?
When you work out regularly, you’ll see results week after week. That is, of course, until you reach that dreaded plateau stage. It happens to most people – however hard you work or how many pieces of lettuce you eat – your results level off. Personal trainers will be able to recognise this stage for the normal occurrence that it is and motivate you to work through it. They’ll also have no end of tips and tricks to add variation to your workout and kickstart those results once again.

But, but, but ……

“I can’t afford a personal trainer.”

Really?

Most health clubs offer free introductory sessions with their in-house personal trainers. Take advantage of the freebie and use the time to try to negotiate a better deal. While the group option might not be dangled in front of your face, it’s likely that there is one. Try negotiating half price sessions for you and two of your friends. You’ll be able to cheer each other along, and make significant savings as you do so.

Author Bio

Linda Forshaw is a Business Information Systems graduate from Lancaster University in the UK. The leading contributor to Degree Jungle, a college research site, Linda is a full time writer and blogger specializing in education, social media, and entrepreneurship. Contact her on Twitter @seelindaplay

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4 Ways to Maximize your Energy Daily

It goes without saying that in order to be healthy, you need to give yourself the right fuel to keep your body at the top of its game.  Here are four easy reminders to make sure you’re giving your body the best chance of a full, energized day.

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1. The most important meal of the day. The best way to maximize your energy for the day is to start by actually eating something. That’s right, eating breakfast. By giving your body fuel at the beginning of the day, it will set you up to be energized and alert for the tasks ahead. The American Dietetic Association recommends including carbohydrates for energy and protein for endurance in your morning meal.

2. There are such things as Good Carbs. Eating a combination of complex and simple carbs daily will help give your body the slow burning fuel as well as the short pick-me up bursts it needs. For complex carbs, think whole grains, and starches like potatoes and carrots. Simple carbs like sugar fructose from fruits, veggies and honey are a great alternative to caffeine or “bad” sugars from candy or soda. Also, don’t forget to get your fiber in with the good carbs. Fiber helps with the slow and steady burn of energy to keep you from midday slumps.

3. Drink water. Then drink some more. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of lack of energy, says this webmd article. Keep a water bottle with you all the time. Try replacing your morning coffee or afternoon energy drink with a few glasses of h20 and see how your energy level improves or at least maintains without those pesky caffeine or sugar crashes.

4. Punch up your diet. No, this doesn’t mean start counting calories and cutting snacks. It means adding in foods that are known energy boosters like oats, lentils, bananas, almonds and chocolate.

So there you have it, four easy ways to give your body the energy it needs to do what you want.

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Why Become a Personal Trainer?

Finding a new career can be difficult – at times it may feel like you have lots of options, but most of the time it seems like you’re trying to fit yourself into a job that isn’t quite right for you.  Here are just a few reasons to become a personal trainer:

  • Personal trainers tend to have high job satisfaction rates.
  • The certification process is relatively simple and inexpensive.
  • If you work directly for your own private clients you can have a great deal of flexibility with your work schedule.
  • You can get your business up and running with minimal equipment.
  • Your job helps keep you fit and away from a desk.
  • You can expect to make about $45/hour.
Some people are intimidated by the idea of being a personal trainer, and assume that they have to be some kind of uber-athlete hard-body to succeed.  That isn’t entirely true.  Clearly it’s important for a personal trainer to be relatively fit, but the ability to help your clients enjoy their workout is much more important than looking like Conan the Barbarian or an Amazon.
So, if you’re looking for a change of career, you’re interested in health and fitness, and you enjoy working with people, becoming a personal trainer might be the job for you.  Next up:  which certification should you get?

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