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Perfect Personal Trainer Explains Most Important Steps For Fitness & Exercise Beginners
Perfect Personal Trainers Yvonne Ferguson-Hardin of Philadelphia, and Sheryl Krohner of Oak Park, Michigan give advice to fitness beginners seeking weight loss, body toning, nutrition and wellness.
"When embarking on a new weight loss regimen, do not weigh yourself daily throughout the process," begins Yvonne. "Once per week is enough, and remember that you are not just weighing the peripheral fat that surrounds your body; you are weighing everything that your body is composed of: surface adipose tissue, essential fat that surrounds and protects organs, bones, muscles and of course, blood and water which vary in weight from day to day."
Sheryl Krohner is also a Perfect Personal Trainer, serving Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, and neighboring cities in the metro Detroit area of Michigan. She holds a masters degree in kinisiology and a bachelors' degree in physical education, and is a certified personal fitness trainer through the American Council on Exercise. "Set goals", recommends Sheryl. "These should be very specific, realistic and short term. For example, define what kind of exercises you will do, when and where you will do [them] and for how long and how often. Put your exercise time-slots on your calendar at the beginning of each week so you have the time set aside and dedicated."
Sheryl also recommends using the "talk test" to gauge the intensity of a cardiovascular exercise session. "You should be working at a moderate to high intensity. Check this by trying to speak out loud [during exercise]. Moderate intensity should make talking a little hard; high intensity will make you gasp for breathe a little while trying to talk. Try to do intervals of low, moderate, and high intensity work during your sessions."
Both women recommend keeping track of what you consume. "Keep an honest journal of your eating," explains Sheryl. "Record accurate portion sizes of the food you eat and and include details . Review this at the end of each day and evaluate."
Yvonne also cautions against the "quick fix" mentality of modern diet crazes: "Be patient with your anticipated body transformation because unlike many advertised fads, lasting change only occurs with consistent, conscious daily effort."
Sheryl also cautions to consider your own strengths and weaknesses as they pertain to fitness. "Doing a fitness activity that hurts you will just make you quit! If you know that jogging makes your knees sore, then start with something that you will feel good about. But if you love biking, start out with that and build on your enjoyment and success with that."
And how do you reward yourself for all this hard work? "Set small goals and reward yourself with positive, helpful gifts," begins Sheryl, " such as a pedicure, a massage, quiet time with a favorite new motivational book or a hug in the mirror.... Food is not the reward."
For more information on personal training and wellness coaching with Yvonne Ferguson-Hardin, Sheryl Krohner, or any other degreed and top-certified Perfect Personal Trainer, just visit http://perfectpersonaltraining.com. Remember, we bring the gym right to your home or office -- it's that easy!