Answer Their Question – Exercise When I Am Sick?

We have all had our clients ask this question: “Should I exercise when I am sick?”

Here is what I tell my clients and I thought you might benefit from this info too….

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We’re deep into the cold and flu season and if you haven’t caught a bug yet you no doubt have friends, family or colleagues who may be sending germs in your direction.  The question is – can you keep exercising when you’re sick?  Although more research is needed in this area, the general guideline is that if you have symptoms of a common cold with no fever and all your symptoms are above the neck, moderate exercise like walking should be ok.  However, if your symptoms include fever, extreme tiredness, muscle aches or swollen lymph glands, you should refrain from exercise until you get better.  When you do start exercising again, progress slowly and gently.  And keep in mind, even if you do have to take a few days off because you’re feeling under the weather, it really won’t make that big of a difference to your overall fitness level if you’re consistent with your program the rest of the time. 

If you find yourself getting sick often, is there something you can do about it?

We are exposed to germs and viruses all the time so what determines whether you actually get sick or not?  The likelihood of you catching the cold or flu depends on a number of factors, including advancing age, whether you smoke or not, high levels of stress, poor nutrition and lack of sleep.  It is important Read the rest of Answer Their Question – Exercise When I Am Sick?

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Give Clients Their Dream Life – Step Ten

Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Ten

Now we move on to Step Ten in the effort to help your clients achieve their goals and dream life, but first let’s review the first 9 steps….see below:

Step 1: Lay out your goals
Step 2: Get physical
Step 3: Eating like a champion
Step 4: Realize your potential
Step 5: Be positive
Step 6: Surround yourself with positive people
Step 7: Become a lover of knowledge
Step 8: Don’t let setbacks set you back
Step 9: Be an inspiration to others

STEP 10: Remind Your Clients That Their Past Does Not Equal Their Future and to DREAM BIG!

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After working with thousands of people helping them to achieve their goals, one of the saddest things for me is to see someone become a victim to their past.  I see so many people make excuses for why they can’t achieve their goals today based on what has happened to them in the years past. I am sure as a fitness professional you see the same thing!

But, the key to your clients achieving their dream life is taking ownership of THEIR tomorrow. Ask them to:

“Take 100% responsibility for where you are, who you want to be and where you want to go.”

Here is what I tell my clients and I really hope you pass this on to your clients….. Read the rest of Give Clients Their Dream Life – Step Ten

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Sell Partner Training – Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day Fit Pros! We LOVE you for what you do everyday….

We are going to take a break from our “Give Your Clients Their Dream Life” series because I wanted to share some helpful marketing and client retention information that you can use TODAY!

Heart Bslloon 300x225 Sell Partner Training   Celebrate Valentines DayBecause of this special little holiday…..the LOVE bug has struck many making it a great opportunity to address the benefits of your clients working out with their special someone. Want more sales this time of year? Use today to remind your clients of the following…..

“….spending quality time with your honey will help to keep you both healthy and fit and will benefit all areas of your life including your marriage or relationship!  Most studies report that working out together will help each of you stick to the program – it’s harder to cop out when you know someone is counting on you.  Plus working out with someone else makes it fun – you almost forget you’re working out!  And you may even find that you each work out a lot harder side by side versus being alone – it’s a competitive thing.”

Most fitness facilities recognize the importance of having members work out with someone else which is why many offer the ‘2-for-1’ deals.  Do you offer 2 for 1 deals this time of year?  Remind clients that they will experience the benefits I just mentioned but also, they won’t have to go looking for someone to help spot them on some of their heavier lifts in the weight room.  If you’re clients aren’t sure where to begin tell them about Read the rest of Sell Partner Training – Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Give Clients Their Dream Life – Step Nine

Achieving Goals and Dream Life – Step Nine

We have moved on to Step 9 of your mission of helping clients achieve their goals and dream lives, but first you may want to view the previous steps:

Step 1: Lay out your goals
Step 2: Get physical
Step 3: Eating like a champion
Step 4: Realize your potential
Step 5: Be positive
Step 6: Surround yourself with positive people
Step 7: Become a Lover of Knowledge
Step 8: Don’t Let Setbacks Set You Back

 

Now For Step Nine: Be An Inspiration to Others

This should be a pretty easy step to achieve. It is what you do everyday right? You strive to be an inspiration to your clients. Show them how you walk your talk.

594 300x225 Give Clients Their Dream Life   Step NineI feel very confident that when you focus on helping others and inspiring others to live their dream life, it makes it easier to achieve your goals.

Many of us fitness professionals are lucky and we are  fitness fanatics!  We have no problem getting up every morning and getting to the gym for our workout or our early morning run.  We’ve been exercising for years and couldn’t imagine ever quitting.  When we are on vacation or on a business trip, we always book at a hotel that offers a fitness gym so you don’t get off track.  We exercise 5 plus times per week and it’s never a problem and in fact, sometimes, we have to really discipline ourselves to take a rest day.  Sedentary, couch potatoes watch us with envy wondering how we do it!

Were you always so disciplined?  Probably not.  Think back to when you first started exercising.  Do you remember how it felt?  You may have felt a little awkward or clumsy.  You may have been really stiff and sore the next day.  It may have taken you a little while to get into a routine and feel comfortable with what you were doing.  You may have hated every second of every workout!

When did exercise change from a chore to a necessity, to a desire? When and how did you get hooked?  As personal trainers, it’s our job to get new clients to the point where they’ve caught the exercise “bug”.  This is when clients stop complaining about how much exercise hurts and how difficult it is to stick to their program and instead, start commenting on how exercise makes them feel so good and how they find they need exercise to de-stress, find energy or be more productive at work.

Unfortunately, most people never get hooked on exercise. 

They give up before trans Give Clients Their Dream Life   Step Ninetheir body starts to experience these wonderful feelings associated with the exercise “high”.  Within 3 months, 80% of new exercisers Read the rest of Give Clients Their Dream Life – Step Nine

Give Clients Their Dream Life – Step Eight

Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Eight

We have all seen it many times….our clients allowing setbacks to set them back. It is frustrating for everyone when this happens. So maybe the best solution is to remind our clients that they don’t have to let this happen to them. In this blog post I will tell you what I tell my clients about setbacks. SHARE THIS INFO WITH THEM! It will save you both lots of frustration and get everyone moving toward their goals!

You can view all previous steps here:

 

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Many people attempt goals but it seems like the ones who actually achieve their goals are those that keep going no matter how many times they fail or fall off track.  Perseverance is one of the keys to success at any initiative. 

A short term effort is not going to get you where you ultimately want.  In order to achieve any goal, you must stick to your game plan on an ongoing, long-term, consistent basis.  Getting off track for a week is no big deal if you are consistent in your efforts.  But if you are regularly tempted away from your plan, you will not succeed.  Consistency and persistency are the keys to manifesting any goal.  Remember that if you want to be 10 pounds thinner 10 years from now, it is not what you do over the next eight weeks that matters,trans Give Clients Their Dream Life   Step Eightit is what you do over the next 10 years. Researchers have found only one characteristic common to those who succeed with goals including exercise.  All such people move towards their goal one step at a time.  They are committed to constant, never-ending improvement.  In practical terms, it means that regardless of anything else – busy work schedules, lack of energy, lack of time, feeling old, feeling lazy, hating exercise – they made no excuses!  They kept moving forward, taking their long-term goals and splitting them up into smaller goals.  They took it one day at a time.

Have you ever found yourself Read the rest of Give Clients Their Dream Life – Step Eight

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Give Clients Their Dream Life – Step Seven

Achieving Goals and Dream Life – Step Seven

As fitness professionals most of us our inherently drawn to learning more, helping more, practicing more….the same may not be true for our clients, but we really should encourage them to become lovers of knowledge just like us! That brings us to Step Seven of assisting our clients in achieving their goals and dream lives…..

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Many of us have spent the beginning parts of 2014 thinking about how we can resolve to be better, do more, or achieve greater things.  It’s a perfect opportunity to review the critical steps to achieving your goals and dream life that we’ve discussed in the past 6 weeks.  You can view all previous steps here:

 Step 1: Lay out your goals
Step 2: Get physical
Step 3: Eating like a champion
Step 4: Realize your potential
Step 5: Be positive
Step 6: Surround yourself with positive people

Today’s tip focuses on MCI, something I learned about from a former boss, David Patchell Evans, the founder of GoodLife Clubs, the most successful Fitness Club chain in Canada.  MCI stands for measurable constant improvement and “Patch” believes it’s one of the keys to success.  The message is that it’s important to always ask ourselves how can I be a better person, a better parent, a better friend, a better employee or business professional…basically how can I reach for my Personal Best.trans Give Clients Their Dream Life   Step Seven

And part of the process is to learn as much as you can about any dreams you have for yourself.  Remember,  Read the rest of Give Clients Their Dream Life – Step Seven

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Achieving Goals and Dream Life – Step Six

Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Six

Encourage Clients to Surround Themselves with Amazing People….SHARE THIS INFO WITH THEM!

We have so far discussed 5 critical steps to helping your clients achieve their goals and dream lives.  If you’ve missed the series, it would be helpful to go back and review what we’ve covered so far.

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I am 100% confident that today’s step “Surrounding yourself with Amazing People” is one of the keys to the life I live.  I feel incredibly fortunate to have an amazing group of friends who like to participate in events and activities with me. Then it made me think that that’s what absolutely everybody needs!

If you want to be great, you have to surround yourself with great people. 

You are who you hang with – it’s called contagism – Read the rest of Achieving Goals and Dream Life – Step Six

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Give Clients Their Dream Life – Step Five

Achieving Goals and Dream Life – Step Five

Be Positively Positive!

positive 300x225 Give Clients Their Dream Life   Step FiveAchieving dreams requires a little thought and effort but anything worth achieving is worth working for.  So far we have discussed 4 factors for achieving goals; first, set the goals and create the action steps, secondly, we must encourage our clients to move their bodies, third, our clients must  fuel their bodies correctly and fourth, ask your clients not to set limits on what they can achieve.

Today, we discuss the importance of focusing on the positive….SHARE THESE THOUGHTS WITH YOUR CLIENTS!

Life is so much better when you can focus on the joys and daily miracles that surround us every single day that may go unnoticed.  The beauty of birth, a sunset, a rainbow, a mountain, a puppy, a smile, a kind word…we just need to look around to see how amazing life can be even when there are really tough things we have to endure.  We must get into the habit of developing a gratitude mind-set; everyday making a mental or written list of what we love about our lives, who we love, what we appreciate and are so thankful for. Read the rest of Give Clients Their Dream Life – Step Five

Give Clients Their Dream Life – Step Four

Achieving Goals and Dream Life – Step Four

Realizing Potential

After working in the fitness industry for 25 years and helping people achieve their goals, I have discovered that there are common traits that exist between those who succeed and those who struggle.  So far we’ve shared how important it is for clients to write down their goals and action steps and create a map for their lives, the critical act of moving their bodies and last week, we reviewed the key to eating healthy so your clients can have the energy to reach for your dreams.

After all, what good is it to be achieving goals if you don’t feel good enough to enjoy your life!

Today, we move on to Step Four (SHARE WITH YOUR CLIENTS!!):

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Helping your clients realizing their potential.  Achieving dreams means you have to believe in yourself.  You can’t set self-imposed limits on who you are, who you can become and what you can do.  You’ve probably heard the saying:

“If you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right!” 

Dreams happen first in the mind so if you dream small, you will achieve small but if you dream big, you will achieve big and great things!

I learned this lesson through one of my clients Rick Hansen, a famous Canadian.  When Rick was 16 years old, he was in a car accident and suffered a spinal cord injury losing the use of his legs.  Initially he Read the rest of Give Clients Their Dream Life – Step Four

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Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Three

First, HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OF THE BEST FITNESS PROS! Thanks for taking the time to be better for your clients and for our industry!

Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Three

So far we’ve discussed the importance of 1st step, writing down your goals for all areas of your life and taking action and 2nd step, getting physical so you feel great and have the energy to achieve great things.

Race Car Wallpapers 2 300x225 Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life   Step ThreeToday, we discuss the 3rd Step to helping your clients achieve their Dream Life – Eating like a Champion.  As you know….it is difficult for clients to live their dream life if they don’t feel well. Ask them to think of their bodies as a high performance race car.  They must use the right fuel if they want perform and function optimally.

So….share this info with your clients!

There really is no trick to eating well.  It’s stuff we have all heard before.  Drink lots of water.  Consume a high level of fruits and vegetables.  Eat a balanced diet. Minimize alcohol and sugar intake.  Control your portion sizes.  But there seems to be a gap between knowing what to do and actually adhering to these simple guidelines.  There is no special grapefruit, cabbage, Low-protein or High-protein diet or pill that will get you the results you want quickly.  And knowledge alone is not power!  We all know what we have to do!  It is finding the motivation and inspiration to make and adhere to very small changes in our nutrition plan that will facilitate success. Finding the motivation to stick to a healthy nutrition plan day-in-day-out is all it takes.  Here’s the good news - you don’t have to starve yourself and you don’t have to limit your diet to bean sprouts and broccoli.

With nutrition, the very small changes to your eating habits will often bring about big differences.  The new habits just Read the rest of Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Three

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