How many people have made a New Year’s resolution to join a gym and by February have lost interest? According to the International Health, Racquet, and Sports Club Association, “over 50% of new health club members quit within the first six months of joining a health club.” Even though some say, for this reason, that hiring a personal trainer is a bad idea, Certified Personal Trainers can help you to reach your fitness goals because they can lead you through proven steps and methods that you need to get started. Additionally, they are also able to provide mind-body activities for their clients. Individuals need to seek out trainers so that they can be inspired by a trainer’s motivational techniques, improve their personal commitment level, and gain knowledge about how to start a program.
The biggest reason for failure to meet fitness goals is that it is very hard for most people to begin something new if they do not know where to start. An expert in the field can lead you through proven steps and methodology needed to get started. These steps will allow you to form habits, follow programs around cardio, weight training, and proper eating habits. Setting a program and routine prepares a fitness beginner for success with your trainer’s help. According to surveys by IDEA Fitness, often times individuals attempt to start a program knowing they have existing health issues, such as arthritis, diabetes, obesity or other medical concerns. Personal trainers are able to make assessments regarding these health conditions, and design a safe, practical, and effective program to follow. A trainer will educate and train clients on how to improve their chances of success and will limit chances of injury. Trainers can verify that moves are being done correctly, review workouts, and make fitness assessments about their client’ s body. Also the trainer can review fitness ability, strength, and balance issues. If exercises are done incorrectly, it can do more harm than good. “If your joints are misaligned, your body’s going to compensate, and eventually it will break down, “says Eugene Jang, M.S.P.T.C.S.C.S. With guidance, a Personal Trainer can help you to avoid running into trouble.”
Accountability is typically another major reason for failure to complete a goal of continued physical health. Steven Maraboli once said, “The right thing to do and the hard thing to do are usually the same.” It is proven that trainers promote accountability to complete their goals. Sticking with a well-intended plan is always a challenge. Psychologists have defined self-control as the ability to resist short term pleasure in order to follow plans that are beneficial in the long term. This was proven by the “Marshmallow test” at Stanford University in the 1960’s. The marshmallow test proved that a group of small children were unable to resist eating one marshmallow in order to wait and “win” access to two marshmallows in a short period of time. This behavior analogy is similar to that of an adult that finds it more rewarding to sit on the couch and enjoy the short term benefit of relaxing rather than receive the long term health benefit of short workout at the gym first.
Another major reason most fail at reaching their goal is there is no one to hold them accountable to show up to the gym. Trainers are the reminder that you have someone other than yourself to answer to. Even if you don’t show up as scheduled, you know you’re going to be confronted with follow up questions regarding your activity levels and your commitment. This will keep your self control in check for the long term benefit. A personal trainer will hold you accountable and keep you motivated until you see results, which are not immediate typically.
Keeping that appointment with a trainer will also impact you financially to make sure to keep accountability in check. It reminds you that if you do not maintain your scheduled exercise time you will pay with your hard earned money whether you show up or not. It is a waste of money if your commitment to the calendar and yourself are not followed through. Spending not only time, but money, will keep anyone motivated. They know what to look for and can point out small changes you may not see yourself. Will Owens, a CPT at Ellis Fitness in Pennsylvania explains that often clients, once they see the benefits of training, would rather spend their cash on this service over a car payment!
A trainer’s perspective, as an outsider’s view, allows you to remain positive, and can reinforce positive new learnings and behaviors. Trainers can work closely with individuals to remove the intimidation factor of the gym as well. Nicole Nicholas fitness expert and Editor-in-Chief for SparkPeople.com suggests that trainers are not life coaches or motivation speakers. However, she needs to consider that trainers always find just the right thing to say to make the client push themselves and work a little harder. Many personal trainers provide mind-body activities like yoga or tai chi. They often find the inner potential you weren’t even aware of. They can even help you discover insights about yourself. Lauren Robertson, a training client quoted at IDEA Fitness, highlights that her trainer “supports her with exercise goals and milestones”. She also says that “he is a great resource to her for overall healthy living.”
New Year’s Resolutions are tough to keep, no matter what you choose to focus on. Choosing a major lifestyle change such as joining a gym to start a healthier way of life is a huge goal to undertake. Hiring a Certified Personal Trainer is a proven way to help beat the discouraging odds. With limitations in the way like lack of motivation and personal accountability, people need to turn to experts to overcome them. If you want to set yourself in the right direction, leaning on someone in the know to help you lay the groundwork is always easier than trying to get started without someone to help you plan the way. Like well-known fitness expert Jillian Michaels mentions on her blog, “Why choose to fail when success is an option?”
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The Physical dimension of wellness involves encouraging regular activities that produce endurance, flexibility and strength. Read each statement carefully and respond honestly by using the following scoring:
- Almost Always=2 points
- Sometimes/Occasionally=1 point
- Very Seldom=0 Points
___1. I exercise aerobically 30min at least 3 times a week
___2. I eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains every day.
___3. I avoid tobacco products.
___4. I wear a seat belt while riding in and driving a car.
___5. I deliberately minimize my intake of cholesterol, dietary fats, and oils.
___6. I avoid drinking alcoholic beverages or consume no more than one drink per week.
___7. I get an adequate amount of sleep.
___8. I have adequate coping mechanism for dealing with stress.
___9. I maintain a regular schedule of immunization, physical, dental checkups and self exams.
___10. I maintain a reasonable weight, avoiding extremes of overweight and underweight.
___ Total for physical wellness dimension.
15 to 20 Excellent
9 to 14 Room for Improvement
0 to 8 Needs a lot of work
Do you know your trainer? Fitness professionals get a bad rap at times, and most of the time they’ve earned it. There are many trainers out there that are more interested in their self gratification rather than taking care what is most important, the client. I have sat back and watched trainers with their clients.
There are 2 types of trainers. One who stands there looking pissed off and not wanting to be there. They have their arms crossed and are not even having a conversation with their client, and even more important there not even correcting the form of their client.
There is a 2ndtype of trainer. One that looks the part, they are engaged with their clients. Making sure each step of the way their client is using proper form, standing a sports stance ready to help the client. The trainer is focus on their client and having a conversation.
I sometimes ask why some trainers got into this profession. You should ask yourself the same thing if your trainer is like the 1stone. If they are more like the 2ndone they are well worth the money you invested in your health and fitness.
In Good Health,
A complex illness affecting multiple systems of the body, in particular, the nervous and immune system. CFS or Chronic fatigue syndrome has many symptoms including extreme exhaustion, aching muscles, joint pain, headache, dysfunctional sleep, and flu-like feelings. Recovery can take years if at not at all, most people suffer relapses throughout their lives. There is no known cause CFS.
Often a problem for most chronic fatigue syndromes suffers, exercise can worsen their symptoms. Whether people with the syndrome should attempt regular exercise or not is divided upon the medical field opinion. But some good evidence that a program of graded modest aerobic exercise may improve function in many with the syndrome. Physicians do in general advise suffers to carefully pace themselves and encourage them to avoid unusual physical or emotional stress.
A person with CFS needs a gentle approach to physical activity and should only make tiny increases in frequency, duration and intensity of their exercise program. Some doctors recommend graded exercise therapy (GET) as part of a treatment regimen. Research shows that GET can help you alleviate symptoms and regain functionality, while exercise can be an important part of your treatment, it’s not a cure, and it takes time for it to work.
In Good Health,