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Personal Training, New Years Resolutions

This Summer I’ll…. It’s time to set a New Year’s Resolution!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Oh, and also the busiest!

Along with higher temps, blissful beach days and the return of shorts and singlets from the back of your wardrobe, summer brings with it an end-of-year whirl of work and deadlines.

It’s no wonder we sometimes forget to check in with ourselves and see what we really want out of life, and if we are going to make it happen (or at least start) before the New Year rings in.

Have you thought further about a career in fitness?

Personal Training is the career of 2019. With more fitness fanatics donning their gym attire than ever before, there has never been a better time to get your qualifications and join an elite team of fitness professionals at IFA.

Check out our course guides, and start studying to your New Year fitness dreams!

So, here are our top tips for setting yourself up for a GREAT 2019.

Everyone needs a reason to get up in the morning. The Japanese call this “ikigai”. In Hindu, it’s called dharma. Knowing our purpose and feeling needed helps us connect with our communities.

But sometimes we say yes to doing more than we can manage, with studies showing people who are time-pressured report feeling less happy. We encourage you to prioritise things that matter most to you, like your health and studies. And, wherever you can, practice saying no to the things you say yes to out of obligation. It’s always a good idea to stay on track, focused and happiness will follow with success.

It can sometimes feel like a challenge while you’re doing it. But a runner’s high is real. Exercise releases feel-good neurotransmitters called endorphins that trigger positive feelings and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) which calms our nervous system.

Countless studies have proven exercise makes us feel better, reduces tension, boosts our energy and improves our body image. Aim for at least 150 minutes a week or five, 30-minute sessions. Or just break it up into 10-minute bursts whenever you can fit it in. Every little bit counts.

The good bacteria that live in our gut produce many of the neurotransmitters that affect our moods including 80 to 90 percent of our happy hormone, serotonin. To make key neurochemicals we need a diet rich in whole foods including complex carbohydrates (from whole grains and starchy vegetables), amino acids (mostly from lean protein), antioxidants and phytonutrients (from plant foods), vitamins, minerals such as folate (found in leafy greens and legumes) and essential fatty acids (from oily fish, nuts and extra virgin olive oil).

Understanding this relationship between healthy eating and mood will not only benefit yourself, but your future clients as a Personal Trainer.

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