As a fitness professional, you are probably well aware of the importance of proper nutrition. What you may not realize, however, is that your nutritional needs are different than those of the average person. This is because you likely burn more calories facilitating intense workouts than the average person. As such, it is important that you fuel your body appropriately so that you have enough energy to perform at your best to help others achieve their fitness goals.
There are a few things to keep in mind when trying to fuel your body appropriately as a fitness professional. First, you need to make sure that you are eating enough daily calories. This may seem like an obvious point, but many people do not realize how many calories they actually need per day. Second, you need to make sure that you are getting enough protein. Protein is essential for muscle mass growth and repair so focus on things like greek yogurt, protein shakes or meats with lean protein . Third, you need to make sure that you are getting enough carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are important for energy production. Try to find more complex carbs and avoid simple carbs where possible. Lastly, you need to make sure that you are staying hydrated. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, muscle cramps, and a host of other problems. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water or a sports drink throughout the day.
In addition to the above tips, there are a few things you can do to avoid getting sick or injured. First, make sure that you warm up properly pre – workout. Second, listen to your body and take breaks when needed. Third, stay hydrated by drinking water and fluids throughout the day. Fourth, eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. And fifth, get enough sleep every night.
It is also VERY easy to overtrain. As a fit pro, you should always want to be learning from your peers in the fitness industry. You will also want to be a part of the community and build your fitness tribe. This will mean that you will want to take classes or get personal training in addition to teaching your own classes and FOMO becomes a real problem. You may start to think you are the exception to the rule when it comes to overtraining. Remember, if you wouldn’t suggest that a participant or client do it, you shouldn’t either.
By following the tips in this blog post, you will be well on your way to fueling your body appropriately as a fitness professional. Just remember to eat enough daily calories, get enough protein, consume enough adequate carbohydrates, and stay hydrated. And if you do those things, you should be able to avoid getting sick or injured. Thanks for reading!