It's tough being a fitness trainer, and not for any reason you're probably thinking. Sure, it's hard work putting together workout after workout, making sure you hit certain muscles on different days, that you push your group hard, but not too hard where they give up, and it's hard to exert energy when some days you don't have any. All of it is worth it at the end of the day when you know you've helped someone achieve goals they set out for themselves, to do something they never thought they could do, become stronger, more fit, and happier. Then what's the toughest part Kristyn?! Spit it out already!
Okay, the toughest part for me is... making time for my own workouts, and my own self-care. Like any other caring profession, some times during your career you become so wrapped up in making sure everyone else is okay, making sure their needs are met, that sometimes you forget about yourself. Personal training and fitness instructing is no different because you are in the gym day in and day out helping others.
Want to know the truth? Since running the Spartan Race almost two weeks ago, on Sunday, I have worked out 3 times. Want to know how many kickboxing classes I've created and taught since then? 16. You see what I'm saying? It becomes easy to put myself on the back burner... It's easy to crawl into bed at night exhausted, without having worked out, and wake up too late to squeeze a workout in. I'm not complaining by any means, I love what I do and I hope to help more and more people, and share my love of fitness, but I want to be real here. I give into my excuses, and I need to practice what I preach. No more saying, "I'm tired," "I don't have time," "I could always workout tomorrow." That tomorrow becomes the next day and the next, believe me!
No more excuses for this girl, I'm going to feed off of the positive energy around me, whether it's at work, the gym, or at home, and use that extra boost to workout. I'm going to find an accountability partner and schedule more workouts with people I enjoy being with, switching up to a new weight lifting program, and doing different workouts to keep things fresh!
You may not be a trainer, but maybe you've put yourself on the back of the shelf like I have, well it's time to move it to the front! You're not being selfish, you're taking care of yourself so you can better take care of others! Most of the time, it's in everyone's best interest of you put your self first, especially when it comes to your health!
Here's a few pointers to make sure you get your workout in, & take care of yourself!
1. Start off slow
- If you're not used to workout out, set small goals for yourself - 15 minutes every morning, 30 minutes 3x a week, etc!
2. Schedule your workouts for the week
- Whether you schedule them all for 30 minutes each morning, or attend classes with a friend, write it down & do it!
3. Grab an accountability partner
- Think of someone that will light a fire under your ass and literally force you to go workout if you're lying in bed or debating on going out for ice cream instead. You don't want someone that's going to just let you go without a fight! Think of someone you can text your meals to all throughout the day, and someone that will congratulate you when you workout and get in a nice sweat!
4. Workout with a friend or in a group
- When you have a workout planned with friends, you can't skip it! They're counting on you, and you may even help push them into working out when they may not feel like it!
5. Don't listen to the excuses
- Ignore those negative thoughts and move your body!
Even when today doesn't work out as planned, start again tomorrow... don't wait for Monday to come! I've already scheduled a workout with some friends outside tomorrow, and I'm excited to get out there and push my body!