Do you want to be happy, healthy, and functionally fit well into your coming years? Are you finding it increasingly more challenging to find the motivation to stay physically active?
Well, good news, you don’t have to do it alone; why not hire a qualified personal trainer? Not for you? Hold on; before you discard the idea, read this article.
Here are my top 10 reasons why you need to consider hiring a qualified personal trainer?
1. Reduce injury risk – Ignorance and poor execution are common catalysts for injury. A knowledgeable personal trainer will improve your exercise execution and skill so that you reduce your risk for injury and get the most out of each activity.
2. Inexpensive – No, it’s true! Most trainers will charge between $60-$80 per session and many offer discounts if you buy a package of sessions. Let’s do the math:
• A 4-session package at $70/hour = $280; spread this out over a month (1x/week)
• Now, a little comparison shopping, add-up what your luxury “good feel” monthly expenses for items such as clothes, shoes, cigarettes, dinners, alcohol, entertainment etc.
• Is it more than $280? Probably…
• Can you cut-down a little (you don’t have to cut-out completely) some of these expenses and put some of your savings towards your health and future?
3. Long-term Guidance and Motivation – As we age, it gets harder to stay motivated towards exercise; so having a trainer guide and motivate you can keep you going. Certified personal trainers can provide structure and do the thinking for you so you can focus on the “doing” rather than the encourages health Initially, you may need to see your trainer more often to get on the right track; however, once you have learned how and what to do for yourself, you can spread your sessions out to every 3-4 weeks. Consider these sessions as “review, revise and revitalize” check-ups.
4. Accountability – They are there waiting for you to show-up; they remind you of your reasons for wanting to exercise.
5. Variety and Creativity – Trainers can make exercise “fun” and more interesting by offering a wide variety of creative exercises
6. Teaches you life-long skills – The role of a personal trainer is to provide you with the knowledge, resources, guidance, training and skills so that you can do “it” for yourself! He/she is there to support you as you work towards enhancing the quality of your life now and in the future. Let him/her guide and teach you how to be your own personal trainer
7. Puts the “Personal” in your Training – A skilled trainer will assess your specific needs, injuries, health conditions or training goals (10km race, for example) and develop a personalized plan (with clear timelines and short-term achievement goals) that will safely and effectively enable you to succeed.
8. Effective and Efficient – Personal Trainers can save you lots of wasted time and energy doing inefficient workouts. They show you how to maximize your efforts and results.
9. Stubborn Fat-loss – It can become increasingly more challenging to lose fat as we age. Why? Four main reasons: loss of calorie burning muscle tissue, increase in caloric intake, decrease activity levels, changes in hormone balance. A trainer can help you build and maintain muscle mass, increase caloric expenditure and refer you to the proper specialists to address any medical issues such as hormonal imbalances that may be impeding your success.
10. Resourceful – A great trainer is usually has a network of other specialists in the areas of nutrition, naturopathic medicine, massage etc and can refer to the right person for your needs other than exercise.
Before you hire a personal trainer:
• Ask what are her/his qualification and experience. A qualified personal trainer has an certified education in physiology, health promotion, athletic training, kinesiology or a similar field. They should have first aid and CPR certification as well as certification from a reputable organization such as ACSM, ACE, BCRPA, CSEP, NSCA.
• If your trainer is INFOFIT certified, you know you’re sweating with the best!
• Ask if she/he has liability insurance? They should answer yes.
Be prepared to answer your trainer’s questions.
What are your goals?
What are your expectations of the trainer?
Why did you decide to hire a personal trainer?
Why now as opposed to later?
Do you have any physical and medical conditions that may be aggravated by exercise?
Does your physician know you are about to start or increase your physical activity level?
Are you on any medications that may influence your ability to exercise safely?
We all want to be healthy, happy well into our senior years –YES? Why not let a qualified personal trainer get you started in the right direction and spark your internal drive to continue your health and fitness program on your own with “revitalizing” check-ups every 3-4 weeks.
Personal trainers may not be for everyone, but a trainer provides certain benefits that make getting and staying healthy easier.
In the end
There is little any physician, personal trainer or pill can do for you, than what you can do for yourself. By being willing to make real long-term changes in your life is an inside job. Hiring a qualified trainer, even temporarily, can set the stage for a more healthier, happier and functionally active future.
Look for these Qualities of an Elite Professional Personal Fitness Trainer:
Passionate about being a trainer
Punctual (early preferred)
Accepting of client’s preferences/differences
Responsible for his/her mistakes, actions