Knowledge builds confidence

Confidence is an attribute many of us strive to achieve either through external or internal means…most times, it’s external means we look to that can give us confidence. It could be a new outfit or new eye shadow…. a great workout or a new haircut. We can work to adjust our outside appearance to increase our confidence, but I believe that true confidence can be built through an increase in our KNOWLEDGE.

 

Let me explain…

 

When it comes to our outside appearance whether it’s an adjustment to our look or adjusting our physical shape, we must first increase our knowledge in that area. Particularly when it comes to our nutrition and physical fitness…

 

I may be a super planful person, but it’s a far cry from where I used to be. I used to dive face-first into things whether I saw a commercial for a new diet pill or heard about a new diet plan that would help me lose 30+ lbs in a month. Over the course of the last 5 years I’ve learned that you can’t a) believe everything you hear and b) have to teach yourself how to accomplish your goals step by step – each lesson you learn along the way gives you more and more confidence to show you it is possible!

 

When I became a Certified Personal Trainer in 2013 I honestly felt that all of the information I learned was beneficial to EVERYONE. Even if you’re not going into the field to train, understanding HOW the body moves and WHY it does what it does with WHAT you take in with your nutrition help it all make sense. I thought back to the low-carb diets I tried and also when I learned I had to try to take in 100g+ of protein a day – I dived into those habits without understanding they weren’t necessarily things that made sense for me. I’ve learned that your body needs ALL macronutrients to not only survive but also to work functionally for weight loss, I learned how certain workout interval training methods made workouts more efficient – and so many other valuable lessons!

 

So, how can you increase YOUR knowledge base to build confidence on your fitness journey?

 

* Research! If you have heard about a recent fitness or nutrition trend, look online for reviews or scientific information explaining HOW they work and the outcomes of others who’ve tried them

* Before changing your eating habits or depleting a specific food from your diet, ask yourself WHY? Now if it’s sugar (refined) or unhealthy fats or something you’re allergic too that makes sense – but if you’re cutting back, be sure you’re not taking something away that your body may need. Instead of deleting, adjust accordingly.

* With trends with workouts and gyms, see the results of others – the proof is in the pudding right? Is the equipment supposed to magically help you lose weight? Are you going to be in an unsafe environment without modifications? Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

* Take an online course to learn about nutrition or fitness in a functional manner – it’ll help you think before you eat and also pay attention more to form when you’re working out.

 

You catch my drift right? I say these things from a place of love and from personal experience!

 

 

Have you found yourself guilty like me of diving head-first into a new diet or fitness trend?

How do you build your knowledge base to gain confidence in what you’re doing?

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    February 18, 2015, 8:14 am

    Knowledge is so important in not only the fitness aspect but all areas of our life!
    Mindy @ Road Runner Girl recently posted…Princess Half Training Week 10!My Profile

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      February 19, 2015, 10:54 am

      I totally agree Mindy!

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    February 18, 2015, 8:48 am

    You know I’m all about the confidence, the confidence! 😉 (And it is true the more you know, the more confident you often feel!)
    Lora recently posted…Yoga for the Injured AthleteMy Profile

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      February 19, 2015, 10:54 am

      It’s a magical ingredient in life, isn’t it?!

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    February 18, 2015, 9:10 am

    I have been into fitness long before it was considered cool or “mainstream”. Seriously I watched Jack LaLane (who??) in the 1970s on TV doing my jumping jacks and taught all of my college roommates Jane Fonda’s workouts in the 1980s. So fortunately I have a lot of confidence when it comes to my health and well being. Thanks for sharing your knowledge via #TBB #LinkLove.
    Beth Blacker recently posted…#ProudMama Moment … Score One For Higher Education !My Profile

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      February 19, 2015, 10:54 am

      You were lucky to start early!

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    February 18, 2015, 11:32 am

    I dig in to get information too when I embark on a new adventure whether it is physical, mental or a life experience such as travel. As a runner, I always try to be in control of everything before a race and that includes knowledge of the course. One race I skipped this because I knew if would be hilly and it is the one and only time I sent a text in the middle of a race!
    Pam recently posted…How I felt before my FIRST Princess HalfMy Profile

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      February 19, 2015, 10:53 am

      It’s all about planning for success!

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    February 19, 2015, 11:04 am

    I think when I was younger I hoped around from things if I saw someone else, now I realize I know what feels best and no matter how good their results look I have to remember it only works if you stick with it and I just won’t stick to some things.
    Amanda – RunToThefinish recently posted…Cross Training for Distance Runners – What’s best?My Profile

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    February 19, 2015, 12:05 pm

    I gain confidence through facts. I prefer them to opinion so I’m always looking for something solid to back up a trend – it helps me sift through what is and isn’t worth my time.
    Pragati // Simple Medicine recently posted…3 Spices You Should Eat DailyMy Profile

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