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7 Craziest Things Fitness Instructors Want You to Do

7 Craziest Things Fitness Instructors Want You to Do

As if jumping into a fitness class or session isn’t scary enough, it often seems like fitness instructors have all sorts of requirements that can be very intimidating. The truth is, many fitness instructors make requests because their suggestions work. They want you to succeed in living a healthier life overall, and sometimes that means you need to do crazy things.

Check out these 7 crazy (but helpful) requests fitness instructors sometimes make:

Crazy Thing #1: Get Comfortable With Your Body

Believe it or not, being uncomfortable with your body can keep you from getting fit and living a healthier life. When your fitness instructor suggest you accept your body and learn to be comfortable in your own skin, they are actually offering you benefits like:

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  • Exercises to improve sexual stamina and sex life
  • The ability to understand your body’s signals and respond appropriately
  • Confidence needed to take your fitness to the next level
  • Greater flexibility

Take your instructor’s advice of getting comfortable with your body. As a result, you can reach a whole new level of being comfortable with healthy living too.

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    Crazy Thing #2: Workout At Home Too

    Homework is the worst part of taking any class, but it really is important. Your fitness instructor will probably assign you exercises or workout routines to perform on the days when you are not coming in for sessions or classes. They may expect you to work out on week days or multiple times per day.

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    There are good reasons for this. Working out throughout the day increases muscle tone and endurance levels. It also makes exercise part of your daily routine, which is a great habit to get into. If you find that the homework your fitness instructor gives you cannot fit with your lifestyle, let the instructor know. They may have adaptations that will work for you instead.

    Crazy Thing #3: Change Your Diet

    Healthy lifestyles rarely involve eating whatever you want. Likewise, effective workouts require effective healthy eating plans to support muscle growth, needed energy levels, and much more. If your fitness instructor offers advice on healthy eating plans , they aren’t actually being crazy or nosy. Instead, they are offering you the opportunity to really maximize your health efforts.

    Crazy Thing #4: Set Better Goals

    When fitness instructors say your goals are unrealistic, they probably aren’t trying to be mean. The truth is that fitness experts typically know a lot about body limits, muscle growth, flexibility, and the way that bodies become healthier and more fit. By helping you set more realistic goals, fitness instructors can help you work your way up to any goal – one step at a time.

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    A helpful response to a fitness instructor’s suggestion you are dreaming beyond reality is to ask them what they think an attainable goal is. You can also let your instructor know that your goal is still your goal, but ask them what mini-goals need to come first and what time frame they believe your body can succeed in. Responses like these help fitness instructors to do their jobs and help you to maintain your confidence and motivation.

    Craziest Things Fitness Instructors Want You to Do

      Crazy Thing #5: Use Etiquette In Group Classes

      Having fun and feeling free to be you on your fitness journey is important. However, if your fitness instructor has crazy rules about being on time, not talking, wearing certain clothing, or other etiquette matters, listen up. Chances are you are not your instructor’s only client. You might even be participating in group classes. That means it’s not all about you. In order to ensure that all clients receive the best instruction, instructors often have to put rules in place. Be polite and respectful for yours’ and everyone else’s sake.

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      Crazy Thing #6: Add in Supplements

      Although not definitely necessary, sometimes supplements can be very helpful in the process of getting more fit. Not all fitness instructors enter the side of fitness that involves supplements or nutrition, but some do. If instructors suggest supplements, do your research. They might have good ideas, after all.

      Crazy Thing #7: Challenge Yourself

      It may feel like a challenge just to try to get fit. So when your instructor asks you to challenge yourself, they may seem unrealistic or naïve. Many instructors are right though. You have to do more than just show up in workout gear. You need to push your physical limits to develop endurance, increase strength, and improve flexibility. So listen up and get ready: the hard, crazy way is sometimes best.

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      Katleen is a health and beauty advisor.

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      Last Updated on December 9, 2019

      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

      The result: no more mental stress.

      2. Unplug

      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

      3. Easy on the Caffeine

      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

      The result: mental stress will be gone!

      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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