Fitness and Nutrition Education Programs

Fitness and Exercise

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Are you considering connecting with a fitness trainer to start your path to healthiness and overall well-being? The key first step on the path to physical fitness is seeking information, followed by the decision to pursue a healthy lifestyle centered around physical fitness. The decision to fully carry out a physical fitness program cannot be taken lightly. It requires a lifelong commitment of time and effort. As with any exercise or nutritional regimen, please check with a medical doctor and a certified nutritionist before you begin.

Exercise must become an integral part of your life, something that you do without a second thought, like brushing your teeth. Unless you are convinced of the benefits of fitness and the risks of ignoring it, you will not succeed.  You must also realize that you can’t try to do too much too soon and must not quit before you have a chance to experience the rewards of improved fitness.  Patience and hard work are key since you can’t regain in a few days or weeks what you may have lost in years of sedentary living, but you can get it back if you persevere.  The end result is worth the price!

The second, equally important aspect to fitness and good health is nutrition and menu planning. The area of nutrition can often seem complex, with many differing views on what constitutes good nutrition. Stroll through the fitness/health section of your local bookstore and you will be bombarded with hundreds of views on what constitutes as good nutrition.

Most diets are simply trying to get you into a nice balanced nutritional regimen where you avoid processed foods, do not over eat, and spread out your meals throughout the day.  There are, of course, exceptions like the Atkins, Zone, South Beach diets, etc. These are Fad diets and, unfortunately, you will lose the weight but only to gain it all back. There is no quick fix and Fad diets do not work because they only offer short-term solutions. In order for a diet to work, you must do all the work. Exercise and healthy food choices are key to losing weight along with determination and commitment. If you’re not sweating after your workout, you probably didn’t work out! Make it count each time.

Diet and Nutrition

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A balanced diet with wholesome sources of protein, carbohydrates and fats should be sought out as part of your menu planning. Protein is essential for our health as it facilitates growth and repair of muscle tissue. Ideal sources for protein include lean red meat, chicken, fish, dairy and eggs. Carbohydrates are essential in providing energy and stimulating anabolic hormones, especially insulin. High fiber, fruits, vegetable and low glycemic sources of carbohydrates are preferred, staying away from the highly processed and sugar laden products. Fat is essential not only as a store of energy but also for its role in enabling various anabolic functions within the body. Unsaturated and essential fatty acid-rich vegetable oils are the often recommended sources of fat.

When starting a fitness program regimen with a personal trainer, it is essential to also examine your diet. This means knowing what you eat and cutting down on things like sugar, soft drinks, processed foods and snacks. The limitation of caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes can also help promote health and fitness levels. After cleaning up the diet, it is also essential to figure out how much to eat.  Determining the correct portion (serving) size is an important part of good nutrition. Just as important is keeping track of what you are eating and drinking.

Consulting with a Nutritionist is always recommended.

Ask me, your local Peoria personal trainer, about a meal planning and weight loss program with Ideal Physician Weight Loss.