January is fast approaching and we can all agree that it is by far the most popular time of year when people start to think about their health and wellness goals. Many of us will declare, “This is my year to lose weight and get fit!” Sound familiar?
We make a commitment to exercise (more) and plan healthy meals. Our engines run high for the first month or maybe longer and then, boom, we start to fizzle out before we hit February. If you really want to make 2015 your year to get healthy and fit, then make a firm commitment to yourself and invest in working with a personal trainer.
Here are 6 reasons why this decision will benefit you and change the trajectory of your life.
We are a busy society. It doesn’t matter if you are a 9 to 5er or a stay at home parent. Our days are filled with responsibilities and we live by appointments. Scheduling your workouts as an appointment will enable you to succeed. Trying to fit in some exercise and healthy eating “here or there” is NOT a recipe for success, scheduling this as an appointment is. To be successful you must be healthy. The truth is, we all know when we get sick, our world comes to a crashing halt. Implementing the services of a personal trainer keeps you regimented and accountable.
2. Reduced Risk of Injury
I’m just going to come out and say it, most people do not know how to exercise properly. After working in the commercial gym environment for many years and having the opportunity to see people in action, I observed people doing the same thing over and over again and doing exercises incorrectly. This leads to a lack of results, boredom, frustration or worse…injury. Research has proven that over time, repetitive and incorrect movement will eventually lead to injury. Exercise is meant to help you feel more alive. A personal trainer will teach you how to exercise correctly. Additionally, your exercise program should have diversity, changing your routine/program every 4 – 6 weeks will enhance your ability to get fit quicker, and avoid repetitive-type injuries.
(Editor’s Note: If you have 3 minutes to spare, this humorous video is an exaggeration of “what not to do in the gym.” Enjoy!)
3. Personalized Plan
Many of the exercise options available to the general public who do not use a personal trainer are fit into a “one size fits all” category. There are times when this is ok but NOT for most of us. What is good for one person, will not be good for others. For example if you have joint pain (i.e. neck, shoulder, back, knee, ankle, etc.), there are exercises that you simply should not perform. Our movement, fitness goals, medical / injury history, etc. all need to be accounted for when setting up our exercise programs. An experienced fitness professional will be able to determine what you need and what is right for you.
4. Learn How to Move
We are forced on a daily basis to have one common position…sitting. This places us into bad posture and causes tightness in our back and hips. This can lead to pain. We need to get up and move around. Unfortunately, most people do not move the right way. An experienced fitness professional will be able to identify what you need to work on. Then you too can move and feel better.
5. A Balanced Program
Recently I gave several presentations at my local county chamber of commerce and talked about the importance of a balanced program. During the presentation, I called on a few of the members who were financial advisors. I asked what they would tell me if I wanted to put all my money is one investment strategy. Obviously, each one of these professionals were very clear that to “diversify” I would be setting myself up for more success. I am sure you have heard the saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” It is no different with exercise. Many of us generally concentrate in one of the following categories:
• Strength Training
The truth is, we need a balance of each category. An experienced personal trainer will know how to “diversify” your exercise portfolio to get you the best healthy returns.
6. Fear of Failure
It happens to all of us. We fear failing. As a business owner, I deal with regular challenges that test my confidence and commitment to grow my business on a recurring basis. It is not easy at times. But there is a belief deep inside of me that pushes me through the tough times and keeps me going. It is no different with weight loss. What you tried before may have not worked. That is ok. Don’t give up. We need to believe in ourselves. It will be better this time. Remember, there are strength in numbers. Partnering with a fitness professional, is a proven way to get a different perspective on what is required for success. You will receive the motivation to be successful this time.
What is the next step? The great thing about most fitness facilities is they offer a free trial. This allows you to test drive a particular business model to see if it is the right fit for you. Believe me, there are enough options out there to fit your needs.
Let this be your time to get the results you always wanted.
Here is to a healthy 2015!
Commit to your excellence.