The Benefits of Working with an Online Personal Trainer

The Benefits of Working with an Online Personal Trainer

Is your schedule pretty tight nowadays? Is your availability sporadic? Are things unpredictable at work?

Are you finding it difficult to make time for the commute from work, to home, to the gym and then back home? Not to mention family obligations and kids

 

Well then… YOU are in luck.

BEHOLD the modern arrival of the “online personal trainer” (offered by Fit Body Toddy Fitness).

 

 

Benefits

Here are a few of the unique benefits that come along with working with an internet personal trainer. Work out on your own time! In addition to constant education, contact and availability from your trainer, many on-line exercises include lots of body weight exercises, which can be completed at home. You are now in charge of your fitness!

 

Cost

And now you may be asking yourself, “Is this route cost-effective?” Well then, I am pleased to inform you that while these fitness programs are JUST as personalized as any in-person programs, most personal fitness trainers charge much less for online training programs.

In some cases, you may actually find that an entire month of online training is actually cheaper and more beneficial than your typical, standard hour of one-on-one personal fitness training (keep in mind, this too is a one-on-one program specific to your fitness goals).

 

Availability

Online personal trainers are almost always available for questions and advice pertaining to your fitness regimen and nutrition plan. These programs are purposefully designed to fit your schedule and availability.

Typically, you can message your trainer at any time. Fit Body Toddy Fitness offers this open line of communication through an app called “Trainerize”… although other trainers may use Skype or something similar.

 

Accountability

An important idea to consider if you are leaning toward the online training route is self-motivation. While your trainer is only a click away, some find it is easier to lack in certain areas due to the simple fact that your personal trainer is NOT physically present…

However, assuming your online trainer is attentive, they are likely to be messaging you each week to check in on your development. There absolutely are no excuses anymore!

 

 

Oh! One more thing… should you decide to work with FBTF, not only will your trainer have flexible availability for questions and concerns regarding your fitness regimen, your trainer will also be able to answer any nutrition-related questions on the fly.

This could be prove to be extremely useful when grocery shopping or deciding where to eat.

Top 5 Dietary Trends to Watch for in 2020

Top 5 Dietary Trends to Watch for in 2020

Thanks to the wonderful world of the web, we are all far more susceptible to learning new information and following trendy new lifestyles. Among these new trends and lifestyles, fresh new dietary trends are emerging and breaking through to the mainstream.

 

Here are the top 5 dietary trends to watch for in 2020.

 

1. The Ketogenic Diet

The ‘keto’ diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet which has been proven to be far superior to the often-recommended low-fat diet.

There are a few different types of Ketogenic Diets, but one thing they all have in common is the fact that it is a low-carb diet based around the idea that you get more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrate.

This diet is typical for individuals who are looking to lose excess fat, however there are many other health benefits which include improved insulin sensitivity, reduced risk for diabetes/prediabetes and a reduced risk for cancer, among others.

More information about The Ketogenic Diet can be found here.

2. The Primal Diet

This diet is more of a lifestyle than anything… a lifestyle based on eating only the foods that primitive humans would have eaten… and wherever possible, raw and unaltered. As you may have guessed, this means absolutely NO processed foods and no farmed foods (such as grains).

Even milk should be consumed in its raw form… unpasteurized. This concept is relatively new and therefore has not been thoroughly researched yet.

More information about The Primal Diet can be found here.

3. The MIND Diet

MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. The goal here is to reduce dementia and overall decline in brain health. This diet places emphasis on consuming berries, but not all fruit in general.

Currently, while there are no set guidelines on how to follow the MIND diet, more information can be found here.

4. The Plant-Based Diet

As the name suggests, this diet limits or avoids animal products. The focus is on plants including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts. This diet can help with weight-loss while improving overall health.

This diet (which is also known as the “WFPB” diet, meaning Whole-Foods Plant-Based) shares some common ground with the typical vegan and vegetarian diets, however there is a bit more flexibility as the WFPB diet allows for limited consumption of animal products such as dairy, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and honey.

More information about The Plant-Based Diet can be found here.

5. Intermittent Fasting

Often paired with the Ketogenic Diet, Intermittent Fasting is quite simply explained. You’re essentially fasting for 16 hours total, per day. 8 of these hours are typically spent sleeping, while the other 8 hours are spent going about your day.

No food is allowed during the fasting period, and one may only consume water, tea and coffee (among any other non-caloric beverages).

More information about Intermittent Fasting can be found here.

Setting Fitness Goals and Achieving Them

Setting Fitness Goals and Achieving Them

So… presumably if you’re reading this article, you are geared up and ready to embark on your fitness journey!

 

Now, the questions you should be asking yourself are: “Why?” “…What are my goals? What am I capable of?” …and most importantly… “What do I want for myself?”

Setting goals can be tough. There is a lot of room to overthink things and get caught up in the ‘instant gratification’ side of things. This can be discouraging!

First and foremost, you must let this go… Nothing worth working for will happen overnight, and no one can just bestow upon you the ‘physique of your dreams’.

 

Physical fitness is something that you must work at, but I can promise you that it will be worth it in the end.

Now, your journey begins when you do… so you should start small to avoid overwhelming yourself. “One of the biggest mistakes is that people try to do too much at one time,” Kellen Scantlebury, D.P.T.

What do you want for yourself? To gain mass. To build strength. To lose weight. To optimize agility. To increase activity-specific performance.

The choice is yours… however, if you have no direction (or too many directions) to move toward, you are likely to remain stagnant or to progress very little.

 

Once you have some sort of a vision… once you’ve identified what you would like to work toward, you can then focus your ambitions on a specific set of smaller goals to bring you closer to that bigger achievement you’ve envisioned.

It is important that you make sure these smaller goals are measurable and specific… and most importantly, you must give yourself a deadline for each bite-size milestone.

In the business world, they call this ‘eating the elephant’.

 

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

Exercising When Sick

Exercising When Sick

Is your “healthy” exercise program compromising your immune system? Or is exercising under the weather sabotaging workouts?

 

Let’s face it: the gym is a great tool and exercise can significantly boost energy. However, if the gym participant is stricken with a seasonal illness or respiratory disease, is exercise the simplest course of action?

Aspects of our system react adversely following a significant exercise, like the skin, higher tract, respiratory organs and muscle tissue… and therefore, the blood. Many immunologists feel that in this window of inopportunity when intense exercise, viruses and bacterium could potentially gain an edge, elevating the danger of catching an infection may include going to a public gym.

Mild to moderate physical activity is safe even with the presence of a cold or seasonal illness, provided there’s no fever resulting from the pathogen. Exercise could even potentially relieve delicate congestion within nasal passages.

 

If a client’s symptoms are present above the neck — liquid nose, inflammatory disease or physiological — most physicians will only endorse delicate to moderate exercise. However, once symptoms occur below the neck, such as wheezing, coughing or stomachic distress, athletes may consider skipping the gym — thus removing the potential of spreading germs — and choosing rest prior to returning. Reducing the intensity of an exercise can also prove useful, as long as the exercise doesn’t require clients to overexert themselves in any way.

While it is tempting for trainers to encourage clients to “work through” their seasonal symptoms in an attempt to keep up with scheduled training and maintain what results have already been obtained through dedication, it is proven that taking one to three days off (in a row, nonetheless) will not make a significant impact when sustaining a current fitness goal. Strength as well as the appearance of one’s physique will likely remain unchanged. However, a client/gym participant DOES risk the possibility of going out there and become significantly worse-off than before.

 

All in all, we should shift our gears to understanding when the best option is to counsel rest for an active gym participant… and clients should have a decent read on their overall health and whether or not the gym is a good idea at a time. Remember, the goal is to become healthy and advance in the area of physique… we should be doing this without compounding any problems when a seasonal illness has been contracted.