When it comes to the simple health pledges of exercising more and eating better, do we really take action? On the surface, we all believe that we have the individual strength to overcome obstacles that block our path toward a healthier tomorrow. In reality, however, this simple pledge can be much more complex. Our busy lives of trying to navigate a fast-paced, highly-scheduled lifestyle, are in direct odds with what it takes to truly take care of ourselves. In regards to our well being, modern living has moved us in the wrong direction. Too much convenience, too many choices, too many things to get done. My head spins just thinking about it. So when we wake up and decide that enough is enough, do we really have the tools to combat the tide? When you find yourself at this crossroads, it might be time for you to look outward and find assistance with a personal trainer. The many benefits that investing in a personal trainer yields include:
Accountability-We like to see are ourselves as motivated and strong all the time, but in reality, life sometimes gets the better of us. Having a trainer can be a powerful motivator for consistency, which in my opinion is the most important aspect of any fitness program. We all are stronger when we are held accountable. Alone, it’s easy to drop a promise; but together, we can reach levels that we did not believe possible.
Motivation-Have someone help you reach your potential, rather than just get by. Sometimes we need someone to remind us to believe in our own strength, and to inspire us to try hard when we are struggling. Having a trainer can be a catalyst for change. Personal trainers can help construct, define and refine goals. Personaltrainers can be the brains behind your workout plan, who take the guess work out of the workout, and keep consistency from getting boring. Personal trainers can be helpful at the times when you need a push, and can be your guide when things are going well. Often I hear from clients after sessions, “I would have never done that on my own.” That is powerful.
Knowledge/Resource- Speaking of powerful, how about increasing your knowedge and awareness of your own health? Personal trainers can be a wonderful sounding board and resource in regards to learning the principles to taking care of yourself. We are all on a life-time journey, and discovering new ways to take care of yourself, can only be a good thing.
Troubleshooter-Obstacles be gone. A personal trainer can help you be more objective about the obstacles that are in your way. Sometimes we are so mired in our challenges we learn to be helpless. Personal trainers can assist with mental strategies to deconstruct the obstacles and get moving!
Prevention-The truth is that failing to invest in your heath can have long-term costs. Many of the ailments in society today are categorized as lifestyle diseases. Many people incur health care costs due to illnesses, which actually far exceed the cost of committing to a healthy lifestyle. The expense of a personal trainer mayseem like a luxury, but the long-term cost of putting your health on the back burner can be far greater. It has been said that if you could take all the benefits of exercise and put it in a pill, it would be the most prescribed medication by far on the planet.
Individualized- We are all unique, and personal trainers best serve this reality. Adjustments to programs and attention to details that are unique to your journey is a prime benefit of personal training. What might be good for a group, might not be for you. Personal trainers will customize a program for you, adding value to anyexisting workout program.
These are just a few of the the benefits of working with a personal trainer. Changing ourselves can be complex. Trust that you can do it. Trust that you can swim against the tide. And remember, there are professionals out there ready to help you on your journey to a better you.
John Jasper, BS (Kinesiology) ’96
Personal Trainer/BCS Fitness