To me, one of the most important and yet most often overlooked aspects of personal training is that people come to me looking for help and guidance working out, but really, what they often need is guidance on how to get a full body picture of health.
Let me explain.
Exercise Isn’t Isolated
I think my point is that you can’t ever really isolate exercise and expect to get the best results.
Sure, if you take a sedentary person who never gets off the couch and eats junk food all of the time, and you get him to start exercising, it’s great, and chances are he’ll start to lose weight quickly, even if he doesn’t change any other part of his lifestyle or diet.
But, that’s not really the best way to go about it.
The better approach is to create a plan where the individual combines diet and exercise, and often includes natural organic supplements (check out this link for an Athletic Greens discount!). And, those diets and exercises aren’t the same for every person. It depends on your current lifestyle, your current physical ability, and medical conditions you might consider, and what your goals and timeline for achieving those goals are.
Diet is Hugely Important
In other words, diet is hugely important when it comes to working out and losing weight. In fact, many clients who come in just wanting to focus on exercise (without considering diet at the start) find that exercise alone makes them want to change their diet. They stop craving heavy meals and instead want to focus on energy-boosting products.
One of the best examples of this is the Venus Factor diet for women, which does exactly that: it combines a strict diet program with a strict exercise program. That combination is one of the reasons so many people who try that program have immediate and long lasting success.
What you eat before and after working out has a huge impact. It’s simple in theory, yet few actually design the plan to do it! That’s why Venus Factor became so popular, so quickly.
Lifestyle Habits Change Over Time
That means that even if you’ve become accustomed to a number of negative lifestyle actions, you can change them, and those changes can start small. That’s because the biggest impact on your habits will be little things that compound over time.
If you’re used to eating a bag of chips and drinking a soda every afternoon, trying replacing the soda with juice and the chips with vegetables. That one simple act can add up to thousands of calories saved every month, and several pounds lost every year!
Or, try walking to the store that’s only 4 blocks away instead of driving. Again, it’s a simple act and doesn’t take much extra time, but what you’re doing is changing the attitude you have towards the little things. Soon you’ll start finding that you walk not only to that one store, but to other destinations that are close…all the time!
The difference will really add up!