How to Maximize Your Fitness Efforts

Getting the most out of your fitness efforts has never been easier thanks to the array of online resources, increased access to gyms, and the ability to work with experienced personal trainers, such as those at HouseFit. These resources and access to professionals is only one part of the equation. To gain the most from your increased efforts towards improving your fitness, you also need to incorporate these components:

Adequate Challenge

One of the main advantages of working with a trainer is that you develop a relationship and rapport with them that allows them to create a plan that is tailored specifically to you and your fitness level.  That also means that as you improve and your fitness increases, your trainer will be able to adapt the plan to continue challenging you and pushing you forward towards your goals.  Without challenging your body – by adding increased weights, running further distances, or making your workouts harder – your body will adapt to the current level you have reached, become efficient, burn fewer calories, and cause a plateau in your fitness improvement.

Proper Nutrition

If you’ve heard the saying “abs are made in the kitchen,” it’s because the importance of good food and nutrition cannot be neglected on your fitness journey.  Be sure to consume lots of vegetables and leafy greens; drink plenty of water, avoid sugar and processed foods, and have a proper balance of complex carbohydrates, protein, and fibre. More exercise will increase your caloric needs, but be sure not to go overboard and over consume, negating your workout efforts.

Mental Training

While physical training and proper nutrition are incredibly important, the mental training aspect is not to be neglected.  As you get fitter and your workouts will become more challenging, you may be working out for longer, and it will become harder and harder to push yourself to the level where you can maximize your fitness. Furthermore, there may be days when it is hard to get motivated, when you are struggling to get out the door, or for example, if you are training for a race and need to go out and do your long run. To tackle these things, you need to have an arsenal of mental tactics that you can call upon. Things such as having a mantra that you can repeat or having something you can visualize will motivate you and push you forward.  All of these things take some time to develop, but are important to incorporate into your fitness regime.

With a better understanding of how a trainer can help you reach your fitness goals, as well as the role of nutrition and solid mental training tactics, don’t hesitate to reach out to HouseFit to arrange an appointment with one of their friendly staff members. From there you can find a trainer to work with who will be a good match for you and ensure you get the most from your fitness efforts.

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