A Personal Trainer is an Investment in Your Quality of Life

It’s well established that regular physical activity is good for us. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists seven proven health advantages besides controlling one’s weight: reducing your risks of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers; strengthening bones and muscles; improving your mental health and mood; improving the ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult; and increasing your chances of living longer. We know it’s good for us, so why don’t more of us exercise?

 

First, it can be difficult to establish a routine. If you have a routine, it can become boring, so that you lose interest and eventually quit. Even if you try to incorporate new exercises into your routine, it can be hard to tell if you’re doing them correctly to avoid injury.

 

For all of these reasons, a personal trainer could be the key to fitness success. You are more likely to exercise if you have a regularly scheduled session. If you’ve invested the time and money to hire a trainer, you’re also more likely to workout on other days of the week to support the effort you’ve expended on your training day. I meet with my trainer every Monday morning at 6:30 for 30 minutes. If I don’t exercise for the rest of that week, I know Monday morning is going to be really difficult. In other words, I train for my training session. I’ve paid for that 30 minutes and I’m going to make it count.

 

I thought when I first hired a trainer at my fitness center that I would try it for 6 months and learn some new workouts. Three years later, I’m still learning. He keeps my routine consistently fresh. We might do TRX one day with the bands suspended from the ceiling. He might spring a high-intensity cardio workout on me, complete with burpees, push-ups and various moves around the indoor track. Lately, we’ve been boxing once a month. I bring my gloves and he tells me I missed my calling. There is nothing dull about my exercise routine. My trainer keeps my workouts challenging, but interesting, too.

 

I would never try the strength training I’ve done over the past three years without guidance. My trainer has gradually and steadily increased the weights I’ve been using and added lifting exercises as he saw that I was ready. I’m in my early 50s and have never been as strong as I am now. Because I gained strength gradually, I have never suffered an injury as a result of exercise.

 

Before using a trainer, I would always avoid working on my abs. Now that I’ve spent three years  incorporating core strengthening into my routine, I believe I’m much better prepared for aging. I’m much less likely to injure my back now that my core is strong. I also have better balance, to hopefully avoid that fall. Not that I enjoy the abdominal exercises, I am just grateful that my trainer made me do them.

 

While the health benefits are obvious, incorporating regular physical activity into your regimen can still be a challenge. Investing in a personal trainer isn’t a luxury when the results are strength, energy, an elevated mood, and the ability to enjoy the longer life you can look forward to.

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