Due to the pandemic, virtual workouts have been mainstream. Thanks to Zoom and other video streaming services, you can get the normal one-on-one professional attention that you would normally get at a fitness facility. No matter what your fitness goals are, maybe it's to building more leg muscle or to improve your posture, a certified personal trainer will help you get there. However to get the most out of your training you can perform a few tricks to obtain better results.
Sometimes with our busy lives, it's hard to even hear yourself think. This can also lead to stress. Mental stress cause increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This produces many of the harmful effects of stress you are familiar with, such as the release of inflammation-promoting chemicals called cytokines. These adverse effects can disrupt sleep, increase blood pressure and contribute to fatigue and cloudy thinking.
In order to get the best out of your virtual training, and your day, it's best to not rush to your training session. Instead dedication 15 minutes before hand to mediation. Whether you simple think about nothing, or perhaps think about the things you are grateful for, this will help reduce stress, allowing you to get the most out of your training session. Want to learn more about meditation? Here are 12 benefits.
Now that you are mentally relaxed and focused for your workout, you can start at ground zero. Typically your fitness instructor will ask you about any injuries they should know about before you begin training. If they don't, be sure to bring it up yourself!
It's okay if you have known areas of pain. Sometimes it is important to avoid agitating those areas. However sometimes is it beneficial to lightly work on those areas. Delayed onset muscle soreness is common after exercise and usually means your muscles are getting stronger. Although your aches might not be your focus, if you can slightly improve upon them, you will overall feel better.
Certified fitness trainers know their stuff, and by stuff I mean equipment. This includes training equipment not only for build muscle and flexibility, but also for recovery. With the pandemic, we all have seen prices for home equipment shoot up, making training at home even more difficult. A good personal trainer will understand and be able to help you get you what you need, even if the go-to equipment is not available. Did you know all the things you can do with just a tennis ball?
Related to our first tip, is creating a routine. You will get your best workouts in when you are not stressed and feel like you are in control. How do you do this? Create a routine that allows for downtime as well as workouts. Try to keep your workout time & days consistent to the best of your ability. Your body will naturally develop in a cadence of energy and recovery. If you tap in to this, you will be alert and ready for your training session, instead of feeling like you don't have the energy.
You already know to have patience when trying to achieve results via training. It is important to also have patience with virtual training. You are going to run into silly issues. Maybe the wifi goes out. Maybe our laptop battery dies and you can't find your charger. Maybe the sun has decided to give you a new glare on the screen right when you are at a high intensity point. Regardless of what it is, just relax and be patience. Yes, you need to focus like every rep counts, but at the end of the day if you miss a rep, or perform poorly due to a silly issue, it will be okay. Fitness is a long term game. If it doesn't go perfectly today, don't quit, there is always tomorrow.
Get outside! We know it can be difficult with social distancing, but a little bit of sunshine and oxygen can make your training that much better!