Hot Girl Summer is not only a state of being but a mentality. And as all of the girls know, it all starts with accountability. This week I had Licensed Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach Lizzy Long on the pod to answer your wellness questions and provide some general tips for us to live our hottest summer yet.
The inspiration for this blog post and podcast episode came from mindless scrolling on social and seeing the blind lead the blind. And while most times I believe in minding the business that pays me, I think when it comes to health and wellness, there’s a sucker born every minute and people need to be educated.
Education is excellent because it will mean making sustainable choices for you and your body, which ultimately means a longer, happier life.
Lizzy is someone I know personally and can attest to being legit. She is not only passionate but informed on all things health and wellness as she went to school for exercise physiology and minored in holistic nutrition. As mentioned above, Lizzy is certified in personal training, strength and conditioning, nutrition coaching, virtual training, rehabilitation, and health and wellness. Currently, she is in the process of getting certified in dietary supplementation
When asked how she got her start she simply says:
I have always battled trying to find my balance with fitness and nutrition, and I used to have a poor relationship with food and exercise. I am now at a place where I can truly be happy with myself and feel confident in my body. I have found the perfect balance in my life & I want to inspire others to do the same. I have a deep passion for helping others reach their fitness and nutrition goals & start their fitness journey.Lizzy Long
Lizzy’s Words to Live By:
- The scale doesn’t define healthy or fit
- Weight loss doesn’t mean fat loss
- Stop being consistently inconsistent
- Take a probiotic and drink some water
While I encourage you to tune into the episode for the full impact of what was said, here’s a very condensed version when it comes to diet and exercise:
- Diet: do not go extreme and cut everything out at once. The probability that you will fail, and you will fail hard is high. Take one thing a week to focus on.
- Exercise: go slow! Slow and steady wins the race. Do not jump into any fitness regime without help and guidance.
And in terms of guidance, here are some tips for how to choose a good trainer:
- Make sure they are certified and having multiple certifications can be better.
- Check their record. Have they been at this for a while, or is this a new weekend project?
- Ask for proof of past clients’ progress. A picture truly is worth a thousand words.
- Snoop on social. See if people like their training.
- Look for a communicative trainer. A good trainer will want to know your history so they can put the best plan of action together.
- They lead by example. Listen, your trainer doesn’t need to be a saint, but it would be nice to see them practice what they preach. The best trainers I know, really do just this.
- Above all else, a good trainer will set realistic expectations this way no one is disappointed
For more, including the full health and wellness breakdown, tune into this week’s episode of Keeping it Casual with the Girl in Gucci Glasses wherever you get your podcasts, including Spotify and Apple!