With the advancement of technology over the years, it has allowed for a boom in the industry of fitness and wellness. No longer do we need to have access to a gym to better our health. We can get that access from anywhere and anytime.
In the health and fitness industry you may have heard the terms training and coaching. You may be thinking to yourself, "aren't they the same thing"? There are similarities, but what a personal trainer and what a fitness coach can provide you are different. It all depends on what you need.
I started in fitness as a personal trainer, still am, but have transitioned into coaching because it allows me to help more people and help with all aspects of their health. That's why I talk about spiritual, emotional, and mental fitness along with the physical.
A personal trainer focuses on your physical health. Usually you meet with your trainer at a gym or they may come to your home. They build you a workout program and guide you through a session safely. They may give you "homework", a workout or two to do on the days you don't meet with them.
A fitness coach focuses on your overall health, going deeper than just physical fitness. A coach will design a workout plan for you and provide regular check-ins, maybe weekly, to keep you on track. They'll give you guidance on how to improve factors that affect your health, such as your sleep, eating, and thoughts.
So what's best for you all depends on what you need. Here at Vanbar, I provide coaching because I believe and know your overall health comes down to being able to balance and improve other areas of your life beyond just your body.
Evaluate where you are and what your needs are. If you are unsure, we can chat. It'll be my pleasure to help out!
Working out can be tough. As we talked about last week there are plenty of distractions that could get in the way. There are plenty of excuses that can attempt to enter our mind. Even when we do get to working out, we may find a little groove and stick to a routine for a few weeks, or a couple of months.
But then it stops. Why is that?
Well why do we workout in the first place?
It may be to lose weight or to put on more muscle. That's great! It gives us some motivation, some reason as to why we want to commit to working out in the first place.
And we can rundown all the physical benefits of working out. But there are so many other benefits it has for us.
One of those being the impact it has on our mind. And our mind is the most important. If we can get our mind in tune, our body will follow.
We shouldn't just workout to reach a certain weight lost target or to have 14 inch arms.
Working out shouldn't just be a destination, it is a journey.
How we keep that journey going is renewing our mind each and every single day. We have to think positive thoughts, we have to think confidently about who we are. We have to block out any and all negative sources of energy that are in your atmosphere.
Because when you have your mind on your side, there isn't anything that you cannot accomplish.
So to make change that will last, start with your mind. Get your mind right. When you get your day going, speak out loud how your day is going to be. Speak how you're to have a GREAT day. Speak out at least one step of how you are going to reach that goal that you set.
Let your mind work for you, it's waiting to be used.
Does this story sound familiar to you: You tell yourself that you're going to workout, but other things come up. So you tell yourself you'll do it tomorrow. Then tomorrow comes around. That doesn't quite work out so you tell yourself once again that you'll do it tomorrow.
Then tomorrow turns into a few weeks. Then months. Then you come to the realization: you don't have time to workout.
As a fitness coach, time is arguably the number one problem I hear when it comes to working out. However a lot of the time, we use that "time problem" as an excuse.
I was told a few years ago by a mentor that we make time for the things that we prioritize. Whatever we consider as valuable, we will make the time for it during the week. Doesn't matter how much time, but we will make sure that we invest some time into the things we prioritize.
So a question we need to really ask ourselves is this: do we really not have the time to workout, or are we just saying we don't have time so we don't have to workout?
Look, I get it. Working out is not easy. It requires a commitment. But so does spending time with your family or friends, or your faith, or your career, or developing a skill. They require a commitment from you. And if working out, if your health and wellness is important to you, you can make the commitment.
It doesn't have to be 6 days a week in the gym for an hour. It could be 3 times a week for 20 minutes while you're watching your favorite show right from your comfy and cozy home. We find a way to make it work.
As with anything we don't have to do it alone. You have those around you as your support group. Or a coach (now where can you find a coach...). It all starts with dropping any and all excuses and if you want it, make the time for it!
What is beef?
You may be thinking to yourself, Vandie, I know what beef is. But we're not talking about that kind of beef. Not that beef that is part of your juicy steak, or your scrumptious ribs. Whether or not it's good for you is a topic for another day.
The kind of beef we're talking about is the one where you have a problem with someone. The kind where if you see this person on the streets, you may look them up and down and give them the stink eye. The kind of beef where you secretly hope that person doesn't pay attention to where they're walking and bust their face so you laugh at them.
That kind of beef.
When you have an agreement or disagreement with someone and you can't stand the sight of their face.
Man! When it's put that way, then beef is bad for you.
Make no mistake about it, this kind of beef is not good for your health. We discuss spiritual, emotional, mental, and our physical fitness (SEMP Fitness), and this kind of beef is detrimental to every single one of those aspects.
This kind of beef drains your energy. It tugs on your spirit. It weighs down your mind. It wastes your time. Time that could be spent focusing on more productive things. Especially because most of the time, this beef is petty. Something that could easily be resolved between you and the other person if you just talk it out.
Don't believe me? Just try it. Try to talk it out and communicate whatever argument or disagreement you may have. Chances are it could have all been a misunderstanding that could have been avoided through a simple conversation.
Maybe some of that stress that you are experiencing each day is due to a grudge that you are harboring. You think about it constantly throughout the day. And when you think about it you get angry all over again.
It's not worth your health and well-being. It may be time to let it go.
While you have the opportunity to make amends, you should take advantage of it.
Let go of the beef.
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