From the time I started working out and over the course of time, I went from 26.3% Body Fat to 7.9%. It literally changed my lifestyle and I now have my dream body.
But achieving your desired fitness goals is so much more than losing weight and eating the right foods. In particular, there are three areas I would like to emphasize in which personal training can impact your life – Health, Wellness, and Daily Activities/SportsHealth.
Why does anyone want to develop a fitness plan? Well, for starters and the most obvious reason, working out keeps you healthy. It is good for your cardiovascular health, it maintains your weight and it improves blood circulation.
If you are really serious about getting physically fit, a personal trainer can help to keep you accountable and on track with your goals. A plan is good, but the trainer can show you how to do aerobic exercises in addition to teaching you how to perform resistance training, which is recommended at least two or three days per week. A trainer can ensure you are maximizing your health benefits by creating specific plans to achieve these goals, all while making it fun and enjoyable.
Additionally, a trainer may help you make better nutritional choices. If you want to take it a step further, you may consider consulting with a Registered Dietician who can create a meal plan specifically tailored to you.
When you hear the term ‘wellness’ you may only think of it in the physical aspect. In reality, wellness encompasses so much more; for instance the overall happiness of your mind, body, and spirit. Fitness is a big contributor to this overall happiness, but there are also other ways a personal training plan by a professional can help impact wellness.
Most importantly, a trainer is there to help you overcome any struggles that may prevent you from reaching your goals. There is a mental component to fitness, and they can assist with helping you move past any frustrations, fears or difficulties you have with exercise or even life in general.
There is also a sense of accomplishment you achieve from keeping fit. After a good workout, I know I personally have many times felt overall happiness and that’s because there are mood-enhancing chemicals, like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, that are released for a couple of hours post-exercise. Stress? What stress? Exercise helps to eliminate it.
Are you a marathon runner? A wrestler? Even a swimmer? Your strength, flexibility and mobility are not only important in your activities of daily living, but also in sport related goals. Personal training can have a big impact in both areas.
Many people may not think of a trainer as a sports-related coach, but they can help you improve your skills on the field or wherever you compete. As an individual athlete, they can design programs to enhance your strengths, like in speed, power, and endurance. This could ultimately give an athlete the upper hand over the others that simply attend the sport practices.
Whether you’re looking to build muscle, lose weight or lead a healthier lifestyle, enlisting the help of a personal trainer or program can positively impact your life and can be a great resource to draw upon to help you on your way.