You've paid Uncle Sam or if you are lucky he gave you a few bucks back. Your accountant has advised you where to invest to make your money work for you. A "health savings" account may save you some taxes and improve your financial well-being but the surest investment you can make to improve your present and your future health is to start a regular exercise program today. If time is money that is an investment guaranteed to reward you with immediate and continual payoffs as long as you are consistent.But you're busy. Work and family commitments leave you with no time to exercise. You joined a gym but you can't find the time or the motivation to go more than every once in a while. And if you do go you wander around from one machine to the next without any real plan or you settle on the treadmill or elliptical machine. Maybe you forego the gym altogether and rely on your Fitbit or CitiBike commute for exercise.Any exercise is better than no exercise at all but not all exercise is the same. The CDC and ACSM* recommendation is for adults to get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise 5 days a week or 20 minutes of vigorous exercise 3 days a week, including two strength-training workouts. Unless you have an exercise background or have studied the subject you are probably not making the best use of your limited workout time. To get the most benefit from your workouts and to achieve your fitness goals quicker, safer and with less time than it will take on your own it pays to work with a fitness professional. Just as your accountant can save you money, your personal trainer will save you time.
Don't Just Train, Train Correctly
Better health and fitness takes time and effort. There are no quick fixes in fitness but there is a shortcut. A personal trainer will help you fit exercise into your busy schedule and make the most efficient use of your time by showing you exactly what exercises are best for your goals and your needs. Whether you want to lose weight or to get stronger, to feel less stressed and have more energy or to slow down the aging process - your personal trainer will design a safe and effective exercise program that will have you feeling better immediately and looking better very soon. Your trainer will motivate, encourage and challenge you and hold you accountable to your commitment to stay fit and healthy, especially at those times when you don't feel like exercising.
The Results Are In
The annual ACSM* Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends once again has certified, experienced fitness professionals and personal training at the top tier of this year's list. * American College of Sports Medicine
Wearable technology doesn't work on its own but there are many good reasons to work with a personal trainer. Summer is just around the corner. Maybe you have fallen out of the exercise habit or have never set foot in a gym and don't know how to get started. A trainer can help you jumpstart a fitness program and help you achieve more than you thought possible. In order to make progress you need to exercise in a progressive manner. A good trainer will guide and challenge you to the next level without pushing you beyond your limits.
Besides the obvious physical benefits of exercise there are numerous well-evidenced mental health benefits too such as improved mood, reduced anxiety and stress, and even better cognition and brain fitness. Train smarter, Mike
Good luck to everyone running in today's Boston Marathon!