I try to keep a real balance in my life. I eat as cleanly as possible most days. I work out moderately (although I plan to step that up in preparation for completing my 3rd half marathon at the end of the year). I try to adjust my schedule in order to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. 8 would be optimum for me but until someone develops a 30 hour day I don’t see that happening.
In an effort to increase my chances of reaching the optimal health I’ve been working toward I have also begun decreasing my exposure to chemical toxins such as the ones in the class called obesogens and other hormone disruptors. Obesogens are a class of toxins which affect us in such a way as to make weight loss more difficult or that may contribute in some part to weight gain in the first place. Hormone disruptors are chemicals which prevent the normal functioning of hormones within the human body.
Hormones are responsible for most of the functions within you. They are the keys that unlock and the messengers that tell your body’s functions when to start and when to stop. Puberty, reproduction, metabolism, growth and sex either would not or could not take place without “go” orders from your hormones.
The changes I have made so far have been modest:
I still transport my “away from home meals” in plastic containers for safety but I don’t microwave in those containers. (I’ll leave the microwave discussion for another time). Instead I use glass bowls or paper plates.
I have begun the switch to more hormone friendly versions of toiletries and personal care items. I make the switch as current products with questionable chemical foundations run out. While I would prefer to just toss what I already have I admit to being on a budget like most of the country. The non-stick pots & pans are going the way of the dinosaur as fast as I can get rid of them.
Many of the changes I have made in the course of my wellness journey have been things I was taught by others such as my growing knowledge of environmental toxins courtesy of Ms. Lara Adler http://www.laraadler.com/ or they have been outsourced outright to someone else such as my little urban farm courtesy of Meredith Sheperd and Love & Carrots www.loveandcarrots.com. But some things require something else.
Sometimes it’s good to call for backup. I do this in areas where I know a little something but despite my best efforts I just can’t seem to wrap my mind or my body around it enough to make to reach the goals I have set for myself. In this case I’m talking about designing a physical fitness routine. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE my treadmill, my hand weights, resistance bands and yoga mat. And DVDs are my friends but I don’t have the expertise to design a cohesive plan to get me to where I want to be. I just don’t. But…I know who does, a Personal trainer.
Personal trainers can design, help you implement and hold you accountable if need be to the goals you set for yourself. A personal trainer can jump start you or help you over the hump of an annoying plateau. You can find them in gyms and fitness centers or catch one that freelances to get truly “personal” training.
When choosing a trainer for yourself, keep these things in mind:
- Education: A personal trainer should be certified through a reputable personal training organization. An exercise science or other related college degree isn’t necessary, but the more education your trainer has, the better your workouts will be.
- CPR: your trainer should have an updated certification in CPR and/or first aid.
- Experience: Make sure your trainer has experience, especially in relation to your goals. For example, if you’re a bodybuilder, you want someone knowledgeable in that area.
- Specifics: If you have a specific medical problem, injury or condition (such as being pregnant, difficulty getting pregnant, heart problems, diabetes, etc.) make sure your trainer has education in these areas and will work with your doctor.
- A good listener: A good trainer will listen closely to what you say and make sure he understands your goals.
- Attention: A good trainer will be focused only on you during your sessions.
- Tracking progress: A good trainer will regularly assess your progress and change things if necessary.
Yes. I have learned a lot since I turned my attention to my own personal wellness and since I trained to be a Certified Health Coach and I intend to learn even more but I don’t feel any burning need to become a PT myself (at least for now). So I’ll work on the toxins, nutrition, hormones etc and when it comes to physical training for my bod…I’ll call for backup.
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