The holidays are almost here. Stuffed turkeys, buttery mashed potatoes, homemade yeast rolls, pies, fudge and festive drinks. If just the thought of all of this temptation makes you groan, maybe you need a plan to fight the impending temptations of November and December.
Why is it important to get your healthy habits in order before the holidays?
According to David Stensel, an exercise physiologist at the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences at Loughborough University in Leicestershire, England, studies show exercising encourages people to crave healthier and more natural foods instead of those loaded with sugar. Translation: you won’t gain the 10 pounds you normally do over the holidays.
So, how will you find the inspiration to go to the gym regularly, get into the right mindset, improve your sleep patterns and set yourself up on a healthy eating streak? You could start by signing up for a personal trainer at your local Y.
“The Y’s personal training mission is to guide members in reaching and exceeding their goals,” said Robyn Ford, Personal Trainer at the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA.
Signing up for classes and promising yourself you will go regularly is a great start, but it’s even more motivating to know someone is at the gym waiting for you and you paid for time with them.
“A lot of times I think people believe personal training is only for those with a lot of extra money, but it’s not,” said Collette Cosby, the Association Director of Personal Fitness for the YMCA of Greater Houston. “You don’t say ‘I’m never going to the dentist.’ So why not make the investment three to four times a year?”
Personal training at the Y allows clients to learn a new routine to strengthen muscles they normally wouldn’t target.
“Varying your workout routine is important because it will prevent your body from becoming complacent, and it will help your body get over the plateau,” said Ford. “Plateau basically means that your body has gotten used to the same routine and it needs another challenge.”
It also helps you overcome the intimidation of the weight room. Some people are doing the same workout routine they learned when they were in school. Learning new exercises and seeing the physical changes in your body will increase your confidence in your day-to-day routine.
The Y’s personal trainers are highly qualified individuals. They are required to have a certification from a nationally accredited organization and renew their training with 30-40 hours of re-education every three years. “Our personal trainers are constantly getting better and increasing their game,” said Cosby.
Trainers make it their personal mission to make sure their clients are well-educated on exercises and form specific to their body. Most come from the Y’s member base and have their own stories. “They’ve overcome various things through working out and sometimes it’s physical, sometimes it’s emotional,” said Cosby.
“I want my clients to know I am human and have issues just like everyone else,” said Jenny Clymer, Personal Trainer at the Weekley Family YMCA. “I try to teach skills that have helped me along the way of my own personal fitness journey.”
“When you add exercise into your everyday life you can start to see results almost instantly,” said Clymer. “I am not just talking about your appearance. You will want to eat better. Your sleep patterns will improve. Your awareness of overall body positions and posture will improve.”
In the wise words of Thomas Edison, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but instead will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” So go sign up for a personal trainer. Doctor’s orders.
Personal Training Special – offer valid October 26 – November 2, 2015.