Friday, September 9, 2011

Confessions of a Hypocritical Trainer

One of the benefits of being a trainer is the added pressure it puts on you to stay fit since most people don't care to take advice from someone who does not practice what they preach. I've observed many people at the gym raise their eyebrows in surprise when they've seen how out of shape some trainers are.

Since I got certified as a trainer back in 2001, I have done a decent job of staying in shape and exercising, but I know I could do so much better, especially when it comes to the food I eat. I eat way too much sugar, processed foods, and fast food. I am always telling others to avoid these things so this makes me a hypocrite. It's time to change that.

I believe that for changes to be lasting, you have to focus on long term permanent lifestyle changes as opposed to just going on quick fix "diets" or temporary programs. At the same time, however, I believe working on a 90 day fitness program can be a good way to jump start things and to help you develop the important habits you want to change.

This is my favorite time of year, but with summer and swimsuit season ending, many people start to slack off from now through the holidays. If you don't want to lose the results of your prior hard work and don't want to just let things slide like the masses do, then I'd encourage you to set some new goals for improved fitness and better health over the next 90 days.

For the next 3 months I am going to continue to exercise 5-6 times a week but will also improve my nutrition dramatically by eating less processed food and foods high in sugar. Instead I will eat a lot more plant based foods and whole foods as well as just eating less than I have been in the past. Join me by setting some specific goals that are important to you. You'll be glad you did when Christmas rolls around and you are feeling good about yourself instead of being depressed and waiting for the first of the year so you can start getting back in shape.

1 comment:

Raymond said...

Self Analysis is a hard thing sometimes but I firmly believe in lead by example.
I probably would normally join in but I do have a yearly workout routine which varies between heavy lifting and eating to leaning out with lots of cardio so I essentially I'm never really out of shape.