Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Hire an In-Home Personal Trainer

While some people enjoy exercising and can motivate themselves to follow a fitness program faithfully, others may need someone to guide and motivate them to achieve their fitness goals. It is a good idea to engage the service of an in-home personal trainer if you are new to exercising or have a busy lifestyle. Here is a look at how hiring an in-home personal trainer can be beneficial to you. 

Saves Time

In-home personal training eliminates the need to spend time packing a bag, traveling to the gym and finding a parking spot. This is especially important if you have trouble finding time to exercise. An in-home personal trainer will arrive at your home at the scheduled time, and you can focus on exercising during the allotted time. Once the session is over, you can rest or do other things in the comfort of your own home. In-home personal training also gives you the flexibility to plan your own workout schedule. Click here for more information about in-home personal training.

Little or No Equipment Needed

In-home personal training usually involves exercise techniques that can be performed with little or no equipment. If you have your own equipment, your trainer may ask you to use it during your workouts. If you don’t, he or she will most likely bring everything that is needed for an effective workout. Most personal trainers know how to help you achieve the best results without expensive equipment.

Comfort and Privacy

If your body is not as good-looking as you want it to be, you may feel self-conscious when you are exercising in a public gym. This can make you feel uncomfortable and affect your exercise performance. If you hire an in-home personal trainer, you will have the privacy and peace of mind you need to concentrate on working out. Not only can you work out without an audience; you can also control the temperature and music to suit your personal preferences.

Personal Attention

Personal training in a gym or recreational center is usually standardized, and it is not catered to individual needs and goals. By hiring an in-home personal trainer, you will get one-on-one attention and a fitness program that is specially tailored for you. It will help you overcome your limitations and achieve your fitness goals more quickly.

Accountability

If you enroll in a fitness program at a gym, there is a greater likelihood that you will skip your workout when you are not in the mood to exercise. A personal trainer who shows up at your door can help you stick to your exercise program more faithfully. Scheduled appointments will help you stay on track toward your goals and your trainer will keep you motivated throughout your fitness journey.

While in-home personal training offers a lot of benefits, it may not be the best fitness solution for everyone. It is advisable that you consult a fitness expert to find out whether or not it is the right option for you. Click here to learn more about the benefits of in-home personal training.

Stop Explaining Yourself. Just Stop.

The real story of your life doesn’t need to be explained. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to explain nor get anyone else to understand the decisions you make in life. Sure people may shake their heads. Sure some may feel that you keep making the same mistakes. Who cares? I am sure every one of us makes similar mistakes over and over again in our lives, we are human.

You Make your Own ChoicesIt’s difficult for me, as a writer and avid talker, to not get caught up in explaining myself or my decisions. I have been raised in a way that I always felt the need to explain in detail why I have made decisions that I have made. Finally, one day it dawned on me that no matter how much I explain my scenario, no one else, aside from those walking in my shoes will fully comprehend the place I am coming from. The only people I take fully into consideration when I make decisions in life are my children.

That means when I have to move or spend money on something, or find more work; the ultimate goal is to ensure I am making a decision that benefits my children. I am not always perfect, occasionally I may make a decision that I feel isn’t bad for my children but may not be the best decision in the long run for my complete happiness. Yet, when faced with the scenario of having to make a choice again, I get caught up in the whole “what will people think” mindset. I need to just stop!

Those who are true to me, those who truly love me and care for me as a person will realize that they don’t need to accept, understand or comprehend my decisions; they simply need to be there to support me in all areas of my life. I have a few close people in my world and while I know full well they don’t always agree with my choices, they will support me and let me know that this is my life; at the end of the day I am the one who has to decide what’s best, not them. They respect that and I admire them for that choice they make, for those types of people are the ones I will go to time and time again for insight on my thoughts. 

Having my middle child recently diagnosed high functioning autistic, made me step back and realize even more so that I don’t need to explain anything. My son may look at people with a serious face that comes off as a glare, he isn’t trying to be mean; he is simply a very serious child who smiles at home in his comfort zone but overall doesn’t show emotions in the way everyone else expects him to. I want to raise all of my children through example that they, too, will never have to feel as though they must explain themselves to anyone!

So the next time you find yourself sitting down with someone and trying to explain to them why you made the decisions you made, remember that it doesn’t matter why to any outsiders. No one but you and maybe those who reside with you need to hear your reasoning, but even then, at the end of the day, you are your own person and must ensure that you are following your path in life. A happy person makes a happy environment.

Find that voice in your head that says “JUST STOP” each time you find yourself over analyzing, over explaining or feeling as if the world may shake their head at you. The world doesn’t matter, you matter most! Take care of you.

The Kitchen: Not Just a Place to Cook

If there’s one thing that can tear your youngsters away from their tablets, smartphones or video games, cooking might just be it. Children love working some culinary magic in the kitchen. It gives them a chance to get their hands dirty and, best of all, they can eat the results! Also, you get the chance to spend some quality time with your tots this way, and you can rest assured you’re providing them with some valuable life skills.

There are certain classics that almost all children like to cook, including pizzas, chocolate brownies, and fairy cakes. However, if you’re looking for recipes that are fun and easy to prepare but healthier, reach for your slow cooker. You can use these handy devices to cook nutritious dishes that your youngsters will enjoy creating and eating.

Children and sandwiches go hand in hand. These snacks are perfect for packed lunches and parties. An excellent version to try with your brood is slow-cooked pork. To serve six, you’ll need the following:

  • 2 pounds of pork shoulder
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  •  1 chopped garlic clove
  • 1 pinch of salt and pepper
  •  1/2 cup of cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of barbecue sauce
  • 6 six sandwich rolls
  • Your own choice of salad ingredients.

To make, place the pork in your slow cooker and rub with the brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper. Then add the vinegar plus 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours until the meat is tender. Once removed from the cooker, shred the meat and mix in the barbeque sauce. Serve on the rolls along with a salad. Your children will love the sweet, comforting taste.

The Kitchen: Not Just a Place to Cook

For a hearty family meal, few things beat a stew and this beef version is bound to wet your kids’ appetites. For six servings, you’ll need:

  • 2 lbs of beef stew meat cut into one-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup of plain flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 1.5 cups of beef stock
  • 3 diced potatoes
  • 4 sliced carrots
  • 1 chopped celery stalk.

To prepare, coat the meat in seasoned flour and place in your slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients, cover and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours. The dish works a treat with creamy mash potatoes.

Whichever dishes you decide to create, leave plenty of time and make sure your kids aren’t wearing their best clothes. Children are remarkably adept at decorating themselves with even the most unexpected ingredients! Last but by no means least, remember to have fun. This is as much about the process as the results. 

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Stand Up Paddleboarding: Learn the Basics

Paddleboarding is a water sport in which participants kneel on a paddleboard and move themselves across the water using their hands. Related to it is stand up paddleboarding (SUP) which, as the name implies, is done standing up. SUP also makes use of handheld paddles. It can be done on rivers, lakes, and along the coast. The paddleboard is similar to a surfboard but is wider, allowing for a comfortable stance and greater stability while gliding across the water.

Stand up paddleboarding is one of the fastest-growing sports because it is easy to learn, adaptable for all skill levels and ages, and can be done on different bodies of water, from calm lakes and rivers to the sea with raging waves. You can do SUP whether you want to relax while taking in a scenic view, or want to work up a good sweat while tone your muscles. If you’re itching to take up a new hobby, SUP is definitely the sport to try. Here are some of the basics to get you started!

Gear

You will only need three major things: a stand up paddleboard, a paddle, and a personal flotation device, or PFD. The size of the paddleboard will depend on your weight and skill level. As a beginner, it would be better to rent out boards offered by surf schools first, until you get the hang of it and progress to the more challenging (narrower) size. Paddles also vary in length; choose one that is around eight to ten inches taller than you. Stand up paddleboards are classified by the U.S. Coast Guard as vessels, so PFDs are a must.

As for clothing, shorts, a shirt, or bathing suit will do for hot to mild climates, while a wetsuit or drysuit is recommended for cool conditions. You can wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s glare. Last but certainly not the least, apply sunscreen!

Starting out

Beginners can start out in shallow, calm water. Some may find it easy to kneel on the board first to get a feel of how it floats and to test their balance. Position yourself just behind the board’s center point. The tail of the board shouldn’t dig into the water and the nose shouldn’t be pointing up, either. Adjust your position until the board is flat on the water; you can keep your hands on either side to stabilize the paddleboard.

When you have found your balance and feel comfortable on the board, try standing up one foot at a time. Place your feet at the exact part where your knees were. Take your time and keep practicing, and don’t be afraid to get back up if you fall.

Proper form

Maintaining the proper form on the board will help you keep your balance as you move along. Keep your feet apart and parallel to each other, and remember to stay at the center between the edges of the board. Don’t lock your knees—keep them slightly bent, and straighten your back. Use your hips to balance yourself on the board. Avoid slouching and staring at your feet—keep your chin up, your shoulders level, and your gaze on the horizon.

Basic strokes

If you’re paddling on the left side of the board, your left hand should be lower on the paddle shaft, while your right hand is on the top of the grip. Turn the paddle until the elbow or angle of the paddle is facing away from you. Keeping your arms straight, twist your torso as you paddle; use your abdominal muscles to move your upper body into the paddling motion. With your top hand, push down on the grip until the blade goes all the way under the surface of the water. Pull the paddle back towards your ankle and out of the water, and repeat! Start with short strokes and practice switching sides (reverse hand positions).

Now that you’ve got the basics of stand up paddleboarding, there’s nothing else stopping you from trying it out for real. Have fun!

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