Healthy Balance? Where Are You?
As a personal trainer and gym owner, I’m asked constantly to describe my fitness philosophy. It seems like folks are looking for a magical solution. “Maybe this girl has the answers for me!!”
I hate to break it to you. I don’t have any magic solutions.
What I DO know is that to be “fit” one must find their balance. Not necessarily the ability to stay upright (although that is highly important to health) but more of the balance between rest, nutrition and physical fitness. If any one of these key components are missing things start to fall apart – sometimes literally!
Without proper rest your body cannot heal from workouts or illness and you won’t have the energy to be motivated to workout. If you aren’t eating proper portions of a wide variety of nutritious foods you run into the same problems related to lack of rest. If you aren’t working out you get weak, stiff and tired. Plus your immune system can become compromised, blood sugar levels elevated and energy levels decreased.
So how do you go about finding this balance between rest, nutrition and activity?
Start by setting a GOAL. What do you want from your health and wellbeing? Longevity? Vitality? Less pain? Heart health?
Then, determine your OBSTACLES. Are you lacking knowledge of what to eat and how to move to reach your goals? Maybe you need motivation or accountibility?
Finally, make a PLAN that conquers your obstacles that leads you to your goals.
One of the hardest parts of planning is asking for help when needed. Social support and professional advice are two AMAZING ways to help find YOUR personalized approach to a healthy balance. Whether that is a nutritionist or personal trainer, friends or family. Finding those that will support you along the way can make all of the difference in the world.
For me, I always work harder when someone is watching me. That’s why I’ve always enjoyed fitness classes. For others, maybe those who are new to fitness, one-on-one training with a personal trainer will keep them safe and motivated.
Remember…everyone is different. So if the “plan” you tried from the magazine that worked for your best friend’s brother’s cousin doesn’t work for you that doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. Something was wrong with the plan. Keep trying, keep adjusting, keep asking for help and never give up! Nothing in this world is more important than your health and you deserve to feel great.
You are worth the effort it takes to find BALANCE!