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Should You Pay Extra for a Personal Trainer?

Should You Pay Extra for a Personal Trainer?

For people like me who are serious about getting toned, strong, and flexible, hiring a personal trainer may be a good idea. They may also give tips in effective weight loss while you are completing your sessions. However, like all things, there are pros and cons to hiring your personal trainer. I narrowed down some of these advantages and disadvantages to help you decide.

Pros – Trainers Guide you about Where to Start

When I started my fitness program, I had no idea what I was doing. I tried to do my homework by researching about fitness in general, but there are so many information it’s hard to keep up. Hiring a personal trainer is pretty much like getting a legal advice. You cannot learn everything there is to know about the legal system. The same is true with your fitness. Also, you want to make sure you are doing it right especially since it is all about your health.

Pros –Trainers Provide Expertise and Personalized Program for your Body Type

The problem with going to the gym or exercising on your own is you will never know if you are doing it right. On the other hand, a trainer provides safe and effective routines to help their clients reach their weight goals. More importantly, having someone oversee your progress ensures your safety and health.

Cons – Trainers can be Expensive

If you are working on a budget, hiring a personal trainer may cost a lot. The good thing about this though is that if you have a gym membership, you can always join classes that incorporate weights and other group sessions. You may also scout for discounts and packages from the gyms around your area.

When I started, I had a gym buddy who shared the sessions with me. If this is possible, you can arrange an agreement with the instructor so that it is convenient and beneficial for everyone. In my experience, trainers are willing to negotiate deals especially for clients who have been loyal to the gym they work for.

Hiring a trainer is fun and challenging at the same time. The best part about this is they keep you motivated to stay in shape. What’s fun is that you also get recipes, personalized programs, and workouts that are tailored to your own needs. It is a worthy investment for your health and fitness. Find ways to squeeze it on your budget. You will be glad you did.

How to Become a Mindful Eater

How to Become a Mindful Eater

As someone who struggled with weight gain, I can attest how the need to eat mostly happens between your ears and not in the belly. Before I became a mindful eater, I would unthinkingly walk to the fridge and eat whatever I can find. Most of the time, my stomach would tell me I’m full but my mind would tell me otherwise.

For people who have gone through the same problem, getting out of it can be difficult. I know some people who required intervention from their loved ones to get them out of this unhealthy cycle. In my case, it took awareness and a health scare to snap me out of it.

Awareness

To be mindful is to be aware with what’s happening to you. Unless you do not see the problem, you will continue with the unhealthy choices that you make. Sometimes it requires a life event for you to be proactive about your health.

Get Help

Getting help is the first step to becoming a mindful eater. It does not have to be a professional help. You can talk to a trusted friend about your issues involving food. You may also help yourself by reading about how you can improve your health. The moment I noticed that I’m not healthy; I decided to find ways to get me out of my unhealthy habits.

Healthy Eating = Healthy Life

As the saying goes, you are what you eat. That is very true for people who are struggling with weight. Technically, we have been eating since the day we were born. It has become a very common activity that we take it for granted. Sometimes we stuff food in our mouths without even thinking about what it can do to our body.

The opposite happens when you become a mindful eater. Instead of thinking of eating as something automatic, what you do is you plan your meals ahead. This way you can monitor the kind of food you are eating.

Of course, this is something easier said than done. It was a struggle for me in the beginning. The good news is, it becomes easier with time. Another good news is I was never too hard on myself. There are days when I let loose and allow myself to indulge in my cravings. However, mindful eating has become “automatic” for me that I do not have to reinforce my commitment.
You can do the same too. Start by being mindful of the fact that you deserve to be healthy and happy.

What to Do About Eating?

Problems with Binge Eating?

I used to struggle with binge eating. I know a lot of people with the same problem. It starts with a harmless craving for something sweet. The next thing you know, you find yourself in front of the fridge looking for food to satisfy your craving.
For a long time, overeating past dinner was a habit I tried to get rid of. The fact that I was aware of what it was doing to my body made it worse. I knew what I was getting myself into but it seemed like I could not control myself. In my mind, there was an invisible force that lured me to the fridge even after I already had my meal.

To resolve this, I decided to consciously remind myself not to eat past 8 o’clock in the evening. It worked for the first couple of days, but I went through backslide and thought I would never recover. I realized that maybe there is more to this issue than addressing it with sheer determination. I looked it up and learned there are different causes to this problem. Each of these causes requires a particular approach for the best recovery.

Discovering the Root of the Problem

I learned that I overate not just because I was bored. I realized that hunger can either be emotional or physical. The nights when I had the strongest urge to eat were during those nights when I was going through stress at work or with my personal life.
On the other hand, I know some people who overeat because they starved themselves during the day. For obvious reasons, not eating anything when you need it the most will result to hunger that you can’t control. The worst part about not eating during the day is you overeat at night just when you are about to sleep. This means you can no longer burn the calories that you have gathered. As a result, you gain more weight instead of the other way around.

How to Resolve Binge Eating

The solution to binge eating depends on the root cause of the problem. If you are feeling physical hunger, the solution is to not skip meals. Eat a healthy balanced meal when you are supposed to. Be aware of the fact that starving yourself will not help you achieve the weight that you desire. In fact, it will do the opposite to your body.

On the other hand, if the root cause of the problem is emotional, you must confront these issues first. I joined yoga classes so I can minimize my stress levels. I tried my best to keep my work at the office and not bring it with me when I go home. All these things worked perfectly although it took time.

Resolving eating problems take time. It is a process that requires dedication and patience. Do not be too hard on yourself when you relapse. Get to know yourself better and find out why you overate again. Address the root cause of the problem and you are on your way to healthy eating.