3 Fitness Training Tips from an Adelaide Personal Trainer
Personal trainers have dedicated their lives to not only maintaining their own fitness but helping others achieve their personal health and fitness goals. One of the challenges a lot of personal trainers face is educating clients on how they need to commit to making small lifestyle changes beyond exercise to really see an impact. There’s plenty more advice where that came from, but in this blog, I’ll share 3 fitness training tips that will help bring you closer to your fitness goals.
Balance cardio and strength training
Combination is key. Heart-pumping exercises like running, jogging and cycling are great for burning calories and improving your mood but to really see a change in your body it’s good to do a combination of cardio and weights/strength exercise.
Strength training also burns calories and building your muscle mass helps increase the rate of your resting metabolism. Which means you’re able to burn calories even when you’re not doing much! Strengthening your muscles also helps promote good form, maximising results and preventing injury.
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Improve your eating habits where possible
This is always a struggle but it’s important to know that when it comes to eating there are little things you can do that will gradually start to make a difference. Swap out a Coke for a water or fries for a salad. Reduce the sugar in your coffee or try porridge instead of bread for breakfast. It’s the little things that can make a big difference over time. Having said this, if you really want to see significant changes in your body and in your training, you’ll need to make some significant adjustments to your eating habits. The trick is to build a nutritious and sustainable diet. We tend to jump on the fad diet bandwagon, but these meals are often not sustainable. Remember that it’s not always about removing things from your diet. You may need to add things, like more protein, vegetables, good fats like avocado, olive oil, seeds or nuts. You need to find the right foods for your body, your goals and that’s realistic to maintain. If you’re getting into shape and would like some advice on your meal prep, feel free to get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.
Find something fun and be proud you’re doing it!
Many people assume the goal of getting a personal trainer or getting fit is to lose weight. While, of course, this is the common reason, many personal trainers like to encourage their clients to think about how they feel not just how they look. Exercising should make you feel good about yourself. Working out release endorphins that reduce stress and make us happy. In conjunction with getting fit, weight loss or toning up, this is a goal I always encourage my clients to have.
Looking to get into shape over winter, ready for summer? I’m Nicki, an Adelaide personal trainer with over 20 years experience in the health and fitness industry. Every session is individualised according to your goals and ability. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.