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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 March 25, 2020

      How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

      How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

      When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

      So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

      1. Exercise

      It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

      2. Drink in Moderation

      I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

      3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

      Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

      4. Watch Less Television

      A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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      Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

      5. Eat Less Red Meat

      Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

      If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

      6. Don’t Smoke

      This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

      7. Socialize

      Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

      8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

      Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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      9. Be Optimistic

      Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

      10. Own a Pet

      Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

      11. Drink Coffee

      Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

      12. Eat Less

      Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

      13. Meditate

      Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

      Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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      How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

      14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

      Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

      15. Laugh Often

      Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

      16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

      Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

      17. Cook Your Own Food

      When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

      Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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      18. Eat Mushrooms

      Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

      19. Floss

      Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

      20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

      Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

      Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

      21. Have Sex

      Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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      Reference

      [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
      [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
      [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
      [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
      [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
      [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
      [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
      [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
      [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
      [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
      [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
      [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
      [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
      [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
      [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
      [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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