How many hours a week do you put into your workout routine? or even just time for YOU?! I keep reading suggestions for people that like to be on a schedule that you should schedule your workouts like any other meeting you have during the week. It IS that important that you take some time during your week to decompress, run, yoga, strength train, walk, or whatever it is that you need to do to feel healthy and well.
I have come across some people that workout everyday and others maybe just once a week. As a trainer it is one of the most frustrating things to hear a client say they do not have time to exercise. You could take a 10 minute break 3 times during one day and you would have your 30 minutes done. Three 10 mintute bouts of exercise (ie. walking, jogging, squats, lunges, push ups, circuits) is just as beneficial as one 30 minute long session of the same thing. You need to do atleast 10 minutes to see physiological differences, but many people have the thought that if they can not dedicate a whole hour to exercise that there is no point in doing some at all. WRONG! DO SOMETHING! Even if you park your car in the farthest spot away at the grocery store, or take the stairs to your exercise ball waiting for you under your desk, it’s SOMETHING!
As a trainer, I try to give my clients little things that they can do in their time away from me to be successful and stay that way. One of my old bosses told me that I needed to express to my clients that, ” you are without me more than you are with me.” With that its important to realize as somebody that is trying to lose weight, tone up, or feel better overall, that you NEED to do stuff ON YOUR OWN. Meeting with me for one hour a week will NOT get you results. Sure, you will be sore for a few days I hope, but if you do not do things on your own you are setting yourself up for failure or to simply just stay the same. It also means that I am not doing my job. My goal as a personal trainer is to not have my clients rely on me every waking second of their day. I want to give you the tools, ideas, workouts, for you to be able to perform such things on your own. Unless you feel like paying me thousands of dollars a month, then we can workout all day everyday if you want! Realistically that’s not the case for anyone.
One of my old business cards read “if you do you what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” I think that pretty much sums it up right there!
What do you do on your own when your trainer is not with you? Or when you are not able to attend a workout class?