Is It Time to Hire A Personal Trainer?
By Amy Bunn, RN BSN
Let’s be real: keeping yourself motivated to exercise can be a challenge, especially during this time — but it’s not impossible. The good news is that there are resources available to help you stay on track with your fitness goals.
Hiring a personal trainer, even virtual, is one option that may help you to maintain your determination. They can be by your side to motivate you, while you achieve your best long-term results.
Seek personal trainers who are certified professionals with specialized training in exercise science, physiology and kinesiology. A trainer can help you achieve your personal exercise goals by assessing your current health and fitness level and designing a unique plan that can keep you motivated and engaged in your workouts. Sessions with a trainer can also provide increased structure and accountability that will make your goals more easily attainable.
Remember that exercise an important part of what we can do to improve our overall health and well-being. Physical activity is critical to lose or maintain a healthy weight, while also improving blood pressure, cardiovascular health, depression and reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes and stroke.
The Center for Disease Control recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of high-intensity activity or a combination of both, per week for weight maintenance in adults. This amount increases if one is trying to lose weight. This can be a daunting task, particularly if you find yourself bored with your current routine or new to exercise altogether. This is where your personal trainer comes in.
There’s no shame in seeking professional help to start or maintain your fitness goals. That’s because regular physical activity should be an important part of a healthy lifestyle, not only for losing weight, but also for helping us become the best and healthiest versions of ourselves.