I know a lot of trainers and fitness instructors who focus on training so many clients, that they ignore their own personal need to stay healthy and excited about teaching/training. It would be great to know what other fitness professionals do to stay excited and energized about working with their clients.
I live fully each day and periodically take a look of my “life pie” to see if the slices are balanced. Often, I need to re-balance and re-set my time. My training slice has always been on the heavy side and my personal time slice on the light side. These slices must be balanced for me to be happy. Being a trainer for 40 years has been a gift in many ways. When I was younger, gym life was where I lived and breathed. Now in my 60’s, I have learned that it is important to stay fresh and energized through non-gym time, being with my family, taking care of my garden and animals. I no longer work on the weekends and take 2 week mornings off as well. Those 2 mornings off were one of the hardest decisions for me to make since it would be a completely new experience for me and a loss of income.
Now that a year has passed with my “time for me” program, I can truly say that I have more energy, more income, more balance…just the answer for me!
I keep myself fed intellectually as far as the industry is concerned. When one learns new things one has to put it into application first before they apply it on others.
Learning new things, especially the theory, keeps me energized and motivate to continue to teach and stay in my chosen profession.