A personal fitness trainer is one who knows you and your needs and thus design a workout session. He is there to encourage you and keep you motivated for a daily workout routine. His responsibility is to keep your sessions and things related to fitness well planned. He encourages, makes session interesting and inspires you.
But no one knows you better than you!
Becoming your own Trainer:
You know your body better and have a complete insight of your lifestyle and habits. You are better aware of what activities you enjoy, what food you love to eat and which workouts you will be able to stick to for successful results. You are also aware of things that you have already tried and haven’t got success out of them. So rather than hiring a personal trainer, spending efforts and money to find the right one; wouldn’t it be better to spend some time to gain knowledge to become your own fitness trainer? It would take some time but results would be far better than what you get with some external trainer. You just need to learn and gain all the skills so that your body and mind is prepared for the process.
Tools that you would need:
- A digital scale (easy to read)
- Work-out chart
- Heart rate monitor
- Measuring tape
1. Have a Challenging Yet Realistic Goal:
First you would need to ask yourself why do you want to begin a workout routine? There can be several different reasons and varied goals. Just find out what is your ultimate goal and analyze if it is realistic or not? Make sure that your goal should be achievable and that you have set up a realistic time frame to achieve that goal. Have your ultimate target broken down in to smaller goals so that you can track the progress.
2. Write Everything Down:
Just like a fitness trainer, once you have found out your goal; it needs to be written down. Along with that design workouts and diet plans and write them down to according to your goal. Everything should be written in details such as:
- What is your goal?
- What exercises would help you in achieving that goal?
- How many reps of those exercises you will do?
- How many days in the week you will work out?
- What will be your diet throughout the week? Better have a diet chart for each week. Etc.
3. Take Measurements:
Before you actually begin training yourself, it is important to measure and write down your body weight and measurements so that you know at what point you are starting your journey to fitness and later it would help in assessment.
4. Design a Balanced Workout:
You should have a balanced workout for development of your whole body. This should include exercises that are focused on both your upper and lower body parts whether you will be working out at a gym or would prefer workouts at comfort of your home. Include yoga, strength training, aerobics, cardio and many other variations so that you can get most benefits. Variations should be made accordingly if you have any health related problems or serious diseases.
5. Weekly Assess & Make Modifications:
Assessment is the most significant aspect for finding out if you are moving on the right track or not. Training and improvement would take time and your ultimate goal may not be attainable in some weeks. Set short terms goals. If your goals are measurable such as losing an inch or some pounds, you can record them and compare to the measurements taken before beginning. There may be a bit of changes but don’t be discouraged rather motivate yourself to work harder. If you find out that you are not progressing in a manner that you should, don’t fear in making modifications to your workout.
6. Motivate yourself for Consistent Efforts:
Remember that motivation and consistency is the key to success in any regime. Thus train yourself to workout with consistency. Remind yourself that you cannot achieve your goal overnight ad that for long term changes you would need to consistently make required efforts. Keep on reminding yourself about a lifelong fitness and healthy lifestyle just like a fitness trainer and soon you will be able to become habitual to training on regular basis.
7. Push Yourself Hard:
Put pressure on yourself while maintaining a balance between what is within your range and what you can do without risking your body and health? Challenge yourself to perform better than what you are currently doing in order to excel.
8. Recovery is Essential:
Recovery or relaxing wouldn’t mean that you train yourself for fitness throughout the week and have a high calorie fast food treat to celebrate over weekend followed by a lavish desert. Some kind of indulgence is acceptable but try to make choices that are healthier and nutrients rich. Always be mindful about eating. Apart from that training throughout would be tough and this hard work would definitely need time for recovery. So get your body energized with healthy food, a good sleep along with some other activities that can lighten up your mind, body and soul.
When you do something for an extended duration with consistency, boredom may hit the track and would lead to discouragement. Keep on making changes in your exercising routine and diet plan in order to keep it fresh. You can include some new workouts, change intensity of previous ones and can add other healthy choices in your diet. Try some other aids to make your fitness routine more interesting like listening to music during workout, engaging a partner for workout or other options that you feel comfortable with.