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Month: August 2019

6 Essential Steps to Become a Personal Trainer

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Thanks to social media, the fitness and health industries are booming. Though many people simply want to look like a model, others want to teach people how to live a healthy and fit life. Welcome to the world of personal training. But to become a personal trainer, you need more than just a fit body and a couple of hours at the gym.

Is it the right career path for you?

Before you invest your time and money in becoming a personal trainer, you need to sit down and think about if it’s the right career path for you. Just because you enjoy working out, doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy training other people. Spend a week following the life of a trainer you know, seeing if it’s something you could see yourself doing. There’s more to personal training than just lifting weights.

Research the certification you need

There’s more than just one fitness certification you can get as a personal trainer. Depending on the country you live in, the certification will vary. However, as long as you have your high school diploma, there are a variety of CSCS study guide and practice tests to select from. Before choosing a certification, go to a gym you’d like to work for and see the certifications they accept.

Specialize

What type of training do you want to specialize in? Are you thinking about becoming a certified group fitness trainer or a personal trainer? There’s no wrong choice; it’s simply based on personal preference. You can do both and keep your options open. Furthermore, think about other specialties such as becoming a specific sports trainer, medical exercise specialist, or obtaining a nutrition certification. 

Get studying

This isn’t going to be a walk through the park. There’s an enormous amount of information you need to know before becoming a personal trainer. The material you need to cover isn’t going to be something you can study the night before your exam. Create a structured study plan and give yourself enough time to cover the material thoroughly. Last-minute studying may have worked in high school, but there’s too much information fitness training exams.

Practice what you learned

If you want to be a great trainer, you need to be more than just book smart. Yes, knowing the information you studied will help you immensely, but practicing it will give you a better understanding of what you studied. Train a friend or family member; learn how to talk to clients and form workout plans.

Market yourself

There are thousands of personal trainers working in the field, what makes you different from the rest of them? As a trainer, you need to market yourself and stand out among the rest. Create social media accounts, gain referrals, and network. Figure out the best way for you to train clients. Maybe you don’t need to work at a gym; maybe working online would be better.

No one said becoming a personal trainer would be a piece of cake. But if you follow these steps, you’ll be able to gain clients and recognition in your field. Once you get your name out there, it’s only a matter of time before you are seen.

Recent Discoveries in Managing Chronic Pain Are Changing the Game

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Chronic pain is a health struggle that 1.5 billion people suffer from all over the world. Chronic pain occurs in all different areas of the body, under all different circumstances, and it is always an incredibly frustrating ailment to deal with (to say the least). Chronic pain refers to any pain in an individual that lasts weeks to years, with the most common causes being dysfunctional nerves or inflammation, as well as disease and general dysfunction. While chronic pain can be managed, it cannot be cured. This may some as a shock to some people, and so there is an ongoing influx of discoveries and explorations into the most effective ways to manage chronic pain.

Keeping the body moving

One of the best things you can do for your body if you are dealing with chronic pain is to keep your body moving as much and as often as possible. As research and studies have continuously indicated in recent years that the key to offsetting chronic pain lies in physical movement, doctors have increasingly come to view staying physically active as a crucial step in managing the aches and pains of chronic pain. Individuals who do not move often get tight muscles, joint pain, muscle strain, and spasms, which can lead to further damage than was there in the beginning. So, keep the body moving – even if at first it proves to be challenging.

Understanding the links between body and mind

While chronic pain is very much a matter of physicality, it is also intrinsically tied up in one’s mentality. We have all been in the position of dealing with a physical ache or pain and seemingly not being able to shift our focus from that ache or pain. This is not only frustrating to deal with, but it also makes that pain more potent. Just like anything, the more one focuses on the pain, the more difficult it is to shift the mind from the pain, making it more challenging (to say the very least) to cope with. So, first understand that the link between your body and your mind does matter, and then undergo exercises to keep your mind off the pain, and thus mentally neutral to it – this will help to offset the chronic pain at its core.

Using CBD oil to quell the pain

While controversial, many studies and much research has been carried out recently that points to CBD oil being a genuine chronic pain management treatment. The oil acts as a natural balance to alleviate the body from aches, pains, and discomfort. More and more lately, there are case studies coming out of the works that all point to the same truth: CBD is not only a viable pain management treatment, but is consistently found to be one of the most effective pain management treatments there are out there today. If you, or someone you love is suffering from chronic pain, you can get your hands on some CBD oil here.

CBD comes in tablets as well as oil. These supplements are often used in pain management but also carries an array of positive benefits for those who do not suffer from mental health issues or chronic pain. Regular use of CBD oil has been shown to reduce acne problems, the risk of cancer and protect cardiac health. Another surprising find it that CBD supplements might be able to ward off neurological problems. Perhaps this is why CBD is on the rise as the next superfood.

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