Thursday, March 27, 2014

Staying healthy long term

The day we last gave an update about Ronna (our long distance client we've been following) she then proceeded to fall & sprain her ankle.  Ouch!

Loving those upper body exercises!
We've been using the last few weeks to allow for plenty of rest to heal her injury, being creative with her fitness & of course to continue wholesome eating.

The first week or two focused on staying off her feet...as much as a mom of two can!  

Then we added floor work, like Pilates.  Also swimming/water aerobics at the YMCA.  

Ronna was scared to change things up, it was emotional at first.  She was afraid she'd lose everything she'd work for & missed high intensity workouts.  

This gave me an opportunity!  We reviewed how different modes of exercise can still give the same fitness outcome (generally speaking) yet feel completely different - and that's ok!  We discussed not getting addicted to the high intensity 'burn' and enjoying exploring different things.  

It was touch and go for a while.  She wasn't sold but she did it anyway.  

You know what?  On our session yesterday she talked about how much fun she's having using the upper body resistance machines at the YMCA (which is totally new to her), taking Pilates, yoga & adding the recumbent bike to the mix.  

I am beaming with pride!  She didn't give up.  She didn't lose focus - first (& most importantly) on healing & then on staying active and healthy through her injury!  

We'll slowly add more high intensity work back into her routine.  But now, because it was forced on her, she has a long list of options that she really enjoys!  

I'm excited because we're on our way to easing out of training sessions.  Not because I don't want to work with her!  No way - because she's succeeding, and THAT is what every good trainer wants for their client.

Bottom line: Don't give up!  Something may seem like a set back but it may be a blessing.  Stay positive and just keep rolling!  And as usual, let me know if you need guidance. -- Written by Emily Collins, Owner & trainer Honolulu HI