As a PT in Brighton, I am conscious that there comes a point in many nutrition and fitness plans when you might find yourself tempted to throw in the towel. This can often happen when you follow the same routine for too long, or pick up an injury. During such moments, get out a pen and paper and write down exactly what you are trying to achieve and why. Set yourself specific goals each month to work towards to keep yourself focused, with rewards such as a new pair of trainers or gym clothes as an incentive to get you to the next stage.
I find that taking clients body statistics each month is a key motivator because it creates a focus and provides much needed accountability. Indeed, if you goal is weight loss, it is important to also measure and manage your body composition. This is the ratio of muscle, fat, water and bone density. Weight alone is very black and white and only one piece of the jigsaw.
Thought about couple training?
There is nothing like a bit of peer pressure to help keep you going so why not enlist a colleague or friend with their own fitness goals and use them to help spur you on? It doesn’t matter how fit they are; training with someone fitter than you will motivate you to really push yourself, while someone less fit will remind you to feel great about what you’ve achieved so far. As an experienced PT in Brighton and Hove, I am able to train 2 people at once, even if your fitness levels are not equal.
To get the best results you should always make an effort to eat within 30 minutes of exercise, when your body is most receptive to vital nutrients. The body is like a sponge during this window. During this 30 minutes an increase in enzyme activity makes your body more efficient at storing glucose for energy and building protein in fatigued muscles. Mixing protein powder with water, frozen berries and some crushed ice provides an ideal mix of protein and carbohydrates. This will boost your recovery for the next training session!