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Healthy Eating Tips from our Personal Trainers in Durham

Happy Wednesday friends! Today we are sharing some of our Durham personal trainers top nutrition tips… 5 to be exact!

  1. Don’t Deprive Yourself: Learn portion control and reward yourself every now and then to avoid binging later! Just make sure you savor your occasional treat!
  2. Food Quality Control: Make sure you use high-quality ingredients that look and smell great like fresh herbs and produce. This will make your healthy dishes more pleasurable overall
  3. It’s All About the Presentation: Make your plate pop with lots of color (fruits and vegetables) and arrange the food in an artistic way. Make your culinary experience as aesthetically appealing as it is delicious!
  4. Add Greens Whenever Possible: Greens aren’t just for salads. Add them to smoothies, sandwiches, and as a garnish. Dark, leafy greens benefit every cell in your body and deliver a variety of nutrients.

  5. Don’t Get Distracted: Put away the phone and devices while you eat. Focus on every bite, texture, and taste, instead of the television. Mindless eating is the quickest way to pack on the pounds!

What are your favorite diet or healthy eating tips? We’d love to learn! For more nutritional guidance, come by our Durham gym and begin training with one of our experienced personal trainers. We are here to help you meet your fitness goals and provide you with smart tips and guidance along the way!
Keep sweatin’ Durham!

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Fitness Tip from Our Durham Personal Trainers: Be Mindful

While just walking into the gym is always a good thing, it’s important to be mindful when exercising. Today, the tip from our personal trainers in Durham is all about avoiding mindless exercise. Sure, it’s easy to sit on the bike and flip through a magazine  or text on the elliptical…. But how effective is that really at building muscle and losing weight?

Our Durham personal trainers say, not that effective. There is a big difference between going through the motions of an exercise and really thinking, feeling, and engaging your muscles during your workout. They say the key is focusing on the muscles you’re working and ENGAGING them. Form is also key here. Be very aware and conscious of your body and listen to your muscles. Enjoy the feeling of getting stronger with each step and each rep! You know what they say… “Pain is weakness leaving the body” (within reason, of course!)

…So next time you want to workout, focus on your breathe, your muscles being engaged, the stretch, and the strength that you are acquiring.

Keep working hard Durham! Come visit us at our clean and private gym near Duke!


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Tip from Our Durham Personal Trainers: Find Your “MOJO”

Today our Durham personal trainer tip is all about finding your “mojo” when working out. What exactly is “mojo” you ask?

mo·jo (noun)
  1. a magic charm, talisman, or spell.
    • magic power.

But really, at The Method Gym in Durham, we refer to it as your motivation, your reason, your cause for working out.

I mean, let’s be honest here. It takes a lot of motivation and self-control to turn down your favorite treat or roll out of bed to go hit the gym. That’s why at The Method, we feel it’s so important to establish and acknowledge WHY you’re doing these (sometimes) torturous things. Our Durham personal trainers say you need to make a real connection with your motivation… And no, we’re not talking about JUST fitting into your skinny jeans or building muscles that bulge.

We are talking about real emotional motivation such as the people you love.

For example:

“I will be a happier and more loving wife if I feel better about myself and my body.”

or

“I will be able to play with my kids longer if I don’t tire easily.”

or

“I will be nicer to others if I feel better about myself.”

or

“I will live a longer and more independent  life if I can get my eating and exercise habits under control.”

….The list goes on and on! 

Whatever motivation you have, don’t stop thinking about it and stay positive! Studies have found that motivational self-talk can significantly help reduce the rates of perceived exertion so you can go harder for longer! So Durham… Find your mojo and hold onto it!

If you need an accountability partner along the way, stop by our gym near Duke and meet our Durham personal trainers. Trust us when we say, they’re fantastic!

 


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6 Body Sculpting Tips From The Method Personal Training Gym in Durham

While there are no quick fixes or shortcuts when it comes to getting fit and building muscle, there are some tips that can make the process more efficient. Our personal trainers in Durham are sharing 6 of their favorite body sculpting tips to ensure a toned and trim physique before you know it!

Here are our 6 tips to sculpt your body:

  1. Incorporate body-weight and dumbbell exercises in all of your workouts
  2. Focus on multi-joint exercises like squats, lunges, bench press, rowing, and deadlifts.
  3. Start and end your workout with stretching to improve your flexibility and also to avoid injury. After all, you can’t workout when you’re injured!
  4. Introduce interval training into your workout instead of staying at once consistent pace throughout your entire workout. The Journal of Applied Physiology, have found that including several short bursts improve fitness and burn fat more quickly than working out at one steady moderate pace.
  5. Listen to music while you workout! A study by the Journal of Undergraduate Kinesiology Research found that music improved performance dramatically among study participants.
  6. Don’t forget to eat healthy! After all, working out is one part of the equation. Make sure you stay well-hydrated or dehydration will impair your performance. After your workout, make sure to take refuel your muscles by eating a healthy snack that will replenish your glycogen stores.

Try these tips from our personal trainer in Durham and improve your overall health and physique! Need help executing these tips? Stop by our Durham gym and pair up with one of our personal trainers as your own accountability partner!

Keep sweatin’ Durham!

 

 


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