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  • Performance as opposed to vanity

    By Travis Steffen on Tuesday, March 23, 2010in Help & Motivation, Weight Loss  

    imagesI’m sure it won’t come as any surprise when I say that the majority of the clients I see in my personal training business have one common goal…weight loss. Sometimes they want to shed a few pounds to improve their health, lower triglyceride levels or see some relief when their blood pressure is taken but usually the main objective is a little more shallow. Most often, my clients want to see themselves in a smaller pair of jeans with a little less junk in the trunk.

    It’s been my experience however that those with the goal of solely earning a sexier physique find that the motivation to get the aforementioned ‘trunk’ into the gym dwindles rather quickly.  We all want a hot bod but let’s face it, what would make you put the twinkie down faster…the dream of  squeezing into a size 4, or having the bejeezers scared out of you by your physician warning you of an impending quadruple bypass if you don’t do something about that spare tire? I know what my answer is.

    So my advice to maintain motivation and momentum in your healthy lifestyle is to choose a goal instead of, or at least in addition to, weight loss for improved appearance. If your blood pressure is on the high side, make lowering it your reason to work out. Maybe you want to be around to dance with your Granddaughter at her wedding or participate in a charitable 5km run for the first time. Perhaps you’re planning a once in a lifetime vacation and you want to be fit enough to walk all day and really see the sights, or maybe it’d just be nice to sprint up the stairs when the phone rings without gasping hello when you answer. Vanity is fleeting so set your sights higher and make your quest for optimum health really mean something!

    Enjoy your next workout!

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    About Travis
    Travis Steffen is a Master Trainer and founder of WorkoutBOX. After years of experience training professional athletes and thousands of others just like you, he knows exactly what it takes to get you in serious shape. Follow his expert guidance and you're guaranteed to get amazing results.
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