Combining Diet, Nutrition and Exercise for a Full Body Picture of Health

holistic health diet and exerciseTo 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

lifestyle healthy habitsFinally, we need to remember that a person’s lifestyle habits are going to 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!

Why I Love Teaching Fitness and Exercise

teaching exercise and fitnessOk, so this is my first ever blog post here on, and I thought I’d take a minute to write about why I absolutely love teaching fitness and exercise, and decided to make it my career.

Basically, I got my personal training certification for one reason: helping people.

For millions of people across the country, they’re trapped in a sedentary job and have built of a bunch of bad life habits, from eating fast food, to driving everywhere, no matter how close their destination, to overscheduling their work life and underscheduling their personal life.

In short, we’ve gotten to the point where people have started completely neglecting their bodies’ needs.

Well, what I love teaching people is how taking care of your body isn’t just about losing weight or gaining muscle, it’s about gaining a healthier, more confident attitude that you can take with you throughout your life. That will lead to better relationships with family and friends, better attitude and performance at work, and whole host of other benefits that you can’t even begin to imagine.

Check out this article for a complete list of the benefits of exercise!

Anyway, the point is that exercise isn’t really about exercise, it’s about overall health. There’s a great video about exercise and the brain that goes into more depth:


Helping People Lose Weight

The biggest cateogry people fall into are those who are trying to lose weight.

Over the course of a few months, I’m able to work with people to help them figure out not just how to lose weight, but why they want to lose weight in the first place.

This question is key. Having a clear motivating reason will mean that the person is far more likely to follow through with the program or exercise routine, and stick it out long enough to see real results.

As a personal trainer, it’s my job not just to give you the tools, but also to keep you motivated to see the results you’ve been dreaming of. When you get there, the payoff is priceless!

Helping People Train

Secondly, a ton of people come to me looking to train for a specific event. One of the most popular is definitely first time marathoners, who recognize that training for a huge, 4 hour endurance event isn’t just about running.

I love working with them to create a program that fits their schedule, and incorporates not just their running habits, but also a complete body and muscular training program, which allows them to see results more quickly, run faster, and ultimately hit their goals in time for the big race.

Of course, I work with athletes that have sports goals all over the map, from running and cycling to football, basketball, soccer, and baseball. Each have unique needs, and it’s important to structure a training schedule to account for different types of workouts and how each sport makes demands on your body.

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