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Why You May Benefit From a Personal Trainer

I know, I know, it sounds self serving, since I am a personal trainer. However, I didn’t just become one because I thought it was a great career move, a became one since I am convinced that taking care of your physical health is crucial to your well being, and that while there is a plethora of information out there, many people are not selecting and implementing the information in their daily lives. In other words, people are not taking care of themselves. Here is an example: If you have a bad back, are you doing back exercises? If you have bad knees, are you strengthening your quads and hamstrings?

I wanted to make a fancy tree diagram, but I don’t have time for that sort of fluff right now. So here it is in simple terms.

  1. Are you currently working out?
    No- You will benefit from direction and information. It is better to have a plan than to randomly shoot in the dark.
    Yes- Do you have a goal and a plan how to get there?
  2. Are you happy with your body?
    Yes- Is your current routine going to be sufficient for the long haul? Are you healthy and strong?
    No- ‘Nuff said.
  3. Do you have any health issues?
    Yes- Are these preventing you from exercising? Are you making excuses or could you benefit from a thoughtful analysis offering you alternative exercises that you could do, or that could even combat your health problems?
    No- Great! Are you doing the basic maintenance to not have health issues in the future?

Most experts agree that 150 minutes a week of moderately vigorous physical activity are optimal. Are you currently doing this amount? Physical fitness is made up of muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance and flexibility. Does your current program address all of these? Are you making allowances for muscular adaptation, changing up your program to counteract it?

A personal trainer can design a program to account for all these factors, making the ongoing changes as you strengthen and grow. Now, if you absolutely refuse, then I would strongly suggest getting some good books, and carefully winnowing through the online information to find the nuggets of truth in the sea of misinformation. If nothing else, take a few classes of different types, finding things to challenge you and broaden your experience. Find a knowledgeable, trustworthy source somewhere and get educated. Of course, this goes back to my pet peeve, since we have mandated health and gym classes in school. Everyone should know this stuff.

You Have to See This.

I know, making up for lost time on my blog, right? But I’m reading stuff on the internet and when something is too good to pass up, I gotta go for it. I saw this article on unretouched stars, and I had to draw your attention to it. WARNING- it does have risque pictures. You know I’m all about being all you can be, being as fit, strong and healthy as possible. What you see in magazines is not that. NO ONE is that perfect, thin, whatever, and to hold that up as an ideal to try to live up to is ridiculous and counter productive. While I will never publish provocative or scantily clad photos of myself, I am very fit. Guess what? Really strong abs do NOT equal a skinny waist. Very strong obliques lead to lines over your hips and in your mid section that would get airbrushed out if I was posing for one of those shoots. Very low body fat means less chestage, meaning most of these skinny girls with big cleavage have been digitally or physically enhanced. I would rather see fit people as the ideal, rather than skinny. I read an article from someone working for Men’s Health, and he said that some of the men’s fitness models weren’t really strong, as a lot of them starved themselves to get those “ripped abs”.

Please people, NONE of us will look all that hot at 70, however, how healthy you lived your life will determine a large part of the quality of life you have at that age. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. The person who wins the marathon is the one who prepared for the long haul. Live your life for the quality of it, not the look. Paul, in the book of Corinthians says:

1Co 9:24 ΒΆ Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
26 Well, I do not run aimlessly, I do not box as one beating the air;
27 but I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

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