When I sit down with people who hire me as their personal trainer, one of the questions I ask is, “Are you on any medications?” The reason for this question is two-fold; one certain medications thin the blood and has an impact on heart rate; the other reason is some medications dictate what you can eat. I want to know about medications and get a medical release so that I can ensure that whatever exercise I prescribe for you will be beneficial and not harm you.
As I talk to people, I find that they don’t really have a weight problem. What they have is a discipline problem. My main job as a personal trainer is to help people learn new habits. If you lack discipline a personal trainer can serve as the disciplinarian you need to get on track and stay there. A dose of discipline is often the only thing you need to revolutionize your life. If you have trouble sticking to diets or keeping a regular workout schedule, the problem could be a lack of discipline.
Here are some daily practices or exercises in discipline you can begin today:
- Select a bed time that allows you to get 8 hours of sleep each night.
- Awake at the same time everyday, even on weekends.
- Plan your meals and workouts for the week on Sundays.
- Log your workouts and meals and keep track of calories eaten verses calories burned.
- Set up an award system to reward yourself when you stick to the plan.
If discipline is a problem for you, it will turn up in almost every area of your life. The good thing about developing discipline, it that it’s a transferable skill. Once you gain control in one area you can transfer those same principles to another area. Gaining control of your weight will help you gain control of your emotions. This will translate into better relationships, greater productivity, and a host of other benefits.
The Little Things You Can Do Today
- Look for opportunities to work on discipline
- Find an accountability partner or hire a personal trainer
- Be honest with yourself or ask a friend to help you point out areas in which you lack discipline
Until Next Week,
Nicole D.P. McLaughlin, PT