5 Powerful Things To Know About Exercise, From A Holistic Personal Trainer

Hannah Kay is a dedicated personal trainer who specialises in empowering women through a holistic fitness approach, combining physical and mental wellness. Exclusively for Travelista, she shares 5 things to know about exercise that might get you thinking and exercising differently.

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In the ever-evolving world of health and wellness, personal trainers have transformed into much more than just individuals who help you break a sweat. Today, they are better described as coaches, and I am specifically a “Certified Mental Health and Exercise Coach” or “an MHEC ”. The professionals not only guide you through physical workouts but also delve into the realms of your mental health, motivation, and overall well being – in and out of the gym. If you’re considering working with a holistic personal trainer or coach, here are five crucial things they want you to know about exercise.

5 Things Every Holistic Personal Trainer Wants You To Know

1. Understand the ‘Why’ Behind Your Fitness Journey

When it comes to embarking on a fitness journey, it’s essential to understand your “why.” While you might start exercising to lose weight or gain muscle, I would encourage you to dig deeper. What drives you internally? Is it to boost your self-esteem, alleviate stress, be able to keep up with your kids or improve your overall quality of life? Knowing your true motivation helps create a more meaningful and sustainable plan of action. This can then continue to motivate you.

2. Motivation vs Discipline: Striking a Balance

I recognise that motivation alone can be fickle. Because it doesn’t just show up out of nowhere, the importance of discipline helps with this. Motivation might get you started, but discipline keeps you going even on those tough days when you’d rather stay in bed. Cultivating discipline means establishing a consistent schedule and sticking to it, no matter what life throws your way. Again, keeping it long term.

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3. The difference between Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivations

Motivation can be divided into two categories: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic motivation is driven by external factors, like getting compliments (‘have you been working out?’) or rewards. Intrinsic motivation, on the other hand, comes from within – it’s the satisfaction you feel from achieving a personal goal. If you identify both types of motivation and balance them to ensure your fitness journey is sustainable. While external rewards are great, finding joy in the process itself is even more fulfilling.

4. The Benefits to your Mental Health

Now I couldn’t write this post without pushing that exercise is a powerful (in my opinion, the best) tool for improving mental health. It’s not just about looking good; it’s about feeling good too. Regular physical activity has been proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, boost mood, and enhance cognitive function. Exercise releases endorphins, often referred to as “feel-good” hormones, which can be an instant mood lifter. Incorporating exercise into your routine can significantly impact your overall mental wellbeing. If you don’t do it for your body, do it for your mind.

5. Don’t Overcomplicate It

In a world filled with fitness fads, diets, and complex workout routines, I’d like to remind you not to overcomplicate things. Often, the most effective routines and habits are the simplest ones and the ones you enjoy doing. You don’t need fancy equipment or hours at the gym. In fact, 30 minutes of moderate exercise a few times a week can yield substantial benefits. The key is consistency and finding activities you enjoy.

In conclusion, I’d love for you to take away from this the importance of focusing on your overall well being, both physical and mental. Understanding your motivations (internally and externally), striking a balance between motivation and discipline, and recognizing the mental health benefits of exercise are essential components of their approach.

And perhaps most importantly, to emphasize that keeping your fitness journey simple and enjoyable is the key to long-term success. 

So I ask you; Do you want to create your own life, that you love to live? To live happier, healthier and longer? If yes, get in touch, let me help change your life.

About The Author

Hannah Kay is a dedicated personal trainer and the driving force behind Hannah Kay Fitness and Empower. Hannah’s passion lies in empowering women through a holistic fitness approach, incorporating physical and mental wellness ito her tialored training programmes. With a focus on creating positive relationships with food, exercise and oneself, Hannah guides each woman on a unique journey of self-discovery and strength. Based in York, UK, Hannah’s expertise extends beyond personal training, creating an empowering community for women of all ages and backgrounds. Find out more about Hannah’s services at hannahkay.co.uk and follow Hannah on Instagram at @hannahkayfitness

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Jessica Ruth Gibson is the Founder and Editor of Travelista and an award-winning travel content creator of 10 years. She lives in York, UK with her son and has travelled to over 50 countries; her favourites being Italy, Canada and Vietnam.

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