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Short-term versus long-term goals

Most people begin their health and fitness journey with a specific goal in mind, i.e. weight loss, increased strength, improved cardio, etc.; however, few individuals seem to have a specific time frame in mind.

At Body & Soul, after discussing their goals with their trainer, clients are better able to identify a specific deadline for their goals. It is at this point that our trainers work with the client to establish short-term goals (typically achieve within two months) and long-term goals (typically achieve after six months).

The primary benefit to setting short-term goals is that it allows you to see progress on a regular basis (sooner than you might otherwise have expected), keeping you (and your trainer) motivated and on track to ultimately achieve your long-term goals. Consider, for instance, if you had the goal to lose 15 pounds before the summer. Sure, you could simply weigh yourself occasionally to see if you are on your way to losing the weight, but wouldn’t it be more enticing and rewarding to see clear progress towards your main goal in, say, one month, two months, and so on?

When it comes to establishing your individual goals, we highly urge you to speak with your Personal Trainer. Not only will they help you establish SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) goals but they can help you achieve them through a personalized exercise program and professional guidance.

What are you waiting for?

“Personal Training isn’t in my budget.”

We hear this quite often when giving new people a tour of the studio and we understand the concern; however, we cannot stress enough that those concerned about cost should be careful when choosing a trainer as you are paying for the trainer’s time, knowledge and experience. Settling for “cheap” training may in itself suggest the quality of training and support you will receive.

At Body & Soul, we strive to help our clients get the most out of their experience with consideration to their fitness goals, time (availability) and financial considerations. This is why we offer a variety of opportunities to help you find a service (personal, partner or small group training) that works best for you. We also offer different package options and payment plans to help you.

Please speak with our front desk for more information!

Why does my trainer ask if I’ve eaten before my session?

You need to think of your body as a machine. In order to function, it needs fuel in the way of food! This is especially important after a night of fasting or a long break since your last meal. Without this fuel, your body is unable to perform to its optimal level and you lose some of the training benefits you might otherwise gain, not to mention you might feel light-headed and nauseous.

If you are in a hurry, taking in some easily digestible food or drink – like a banana, bagel or smoothie – can make all the difference between a productive session and a fatigue-filled session.

Take advantage of the ‘New Year’ while you can

There’s still time to take advantage of the new year hype! To help you stick to your resolutions, we wanted to highlight some things that might be counter-productive to your health and fitness journey.

It isn’t about just being active or just eating healthy. In order to excel in your health and fitness goals, you need to commit your time and energy to both active living and healthy eating. The two go hand-in-hand; a poor quality diet will likely result in a less active lifestyle.

Start slow. If you push too hard too soon with – let’s say – your fitness goals, you are at a greater risk of injury. Additionally, if you jump right into a diet without considering your lifestyle or nutritional needs you are not likely going to stick with it long enough to see results.

Hold yourself accountable. Achieving any goal depends greatly on your ability to commit yourself and hold yourself accountable. One great way to ensure you stay on track is by keeping a fitness and nutrition journal.

Consultations

At Body & Soul, we offer complimentary consultations to help newcomers understand how we can help them achieve their health and fitness goals. If you know someone who might benefit from personal training, we encourage you to have them call in and book a consultation so that they can sit down, one-on-one, with one of our personal trainers.

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