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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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      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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      • (1) Research
      • (2) Deciding the topic
      • (3) Creating the outline
      • (4) Drafting the content
      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
      • (6) Revision
      • (7) etc.

      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

      2. Change Your Environment

      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

      6. Get a Buddy

      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

      Reality check:

      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

      Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

      More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

      Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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