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BBJ Fitness Corner | Staying motivated during the lockdown

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WHEN forced to stay home, it may be hard to stay fit, especially without the gym equipment or the vibe that helps motivate its members.

Without motivation, you start to lose interest or, worse, you just give up staying healthy.

“As a certified personal trainer, one of the biggest challenges I face is motivating my clients to stay consistent after the initial feeling of starting a fitness journey has faded,” said Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz in an interview with Variety.

How personal trainers respond to these hurdles is critical, he added. “Our approach has to be individualized — we have to be sensitive and not assume that ‘one size fits all.’”

Diaz said it is important to praise every progress a client makes. Progress can include eating and sleeping patterns as well as workout consistency. Even putting in 10 minutes a day, three times a week is commendable, Diaz added. 

Li Li, owner of Saipan Fresh Market, manages her store, babysits her daughter, and participates in an online workout with Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz. Contributed photo

He said he also listens to each client’s concerns. “Then together, we discuss possible solutions…. The main key here is to remain flexible.”

Diaz said many individuals fall off the wagon because they usually have a strict fitness training and nutrition approach. Eventually, the individual’s interest falters.

“A great trainer doesn’t have to design a great workout or nutrition approach,” he said. “Instead, the trainer has to create a mindset that will set the client for success with a consistent routine while staying motivated, especially during this global pandemic.”

During the current lockdown, one possible solution is to transform one’s living room or garage into a home gym.

Diaz said he chooses a workout program that matches a client’s abilities while exploring new fitness and nutritional approaches based on the individual's goals, interest, available space, and equipment.

He said it is highly important to set a daily schedule and time to actually perform and act on the goals his clients set for themselves with or without a trainer.

Diaz said many trainers are available for consulting and free advice. “Sometimes, it’s just a matter of reaching out to friends and family to share ideas of what works for them and see if it also works for you,” he added.

“It is highly important to accept our limitations. The goal is to have fun with what each individual has at home or outdoors while exploring one’s abilities. Once the individual gets bored, then he or she should switch to another routine: swimming, dancing, walking, or biking. The main goal is to keep moving and enjoying the time spent on your chosen routine.”

References:

https://www.khou.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/staying-motivated-to-workout-during-quarantine/285-d3bfbcd2-3a0b-48c3-8725-9d81c70c4075

https://www.wmar2news.com/rebound/managing-the-pressure/5-tips-to-staying-productive-during-the-quarantine

https://jazzpianoschool.com/podcast/tips-to-stay-motivated-during-quarantine-jazz-piano-practice-routineep186

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