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Fitness Over 40
So you started the year with lots of resolve to get your fitness program back on track, but spring has sprung, and you're no closer to achieving your fitness goals than you were three months ago. You're thinking about hiring a personal trainer to help you meet your goals, but how do you choose from the hundreds of personal trainers in your area? (A search of the American Council on Exercise directory found 840 ACE-certified personal trainers within 25 miles of downtown Denver--yikes!)
It's easy to stick with your new exercise program for a week or two at the beginning of the year, but how do you get motivated to exercise once the shiny glow of the New Year has worn off? All that resolve you promised yourself in January is hard to hold on to during the cold, dark days of February. If you're already finding your resolution to exercise regularly is on the back burner, these tips to stay motivated may help you get back on track.
The Baby Boom generation is the generation that will never grow old. Or at least that's what we keep telling ourselves. So how did so many of us manage to get so overweight and out of shape? Even if you were an avid athlete in your youth, chances are your life, your career and your family managed to crowd out the physical activities you used to find enjoyable. You may also find that you now have aches, pains, or more serious medical conditions that make exercise difficult or even painful.
The first month of the New Year is more than half over, and if your resolution to get fit for 2012 is already falling by the wayside, you might need a helping hand.
Judging from the crowds on the walking and hiking trails and the cars in the parking lots of the gyms and rec centers this month, I'm guessing that lots of Denverites made a New Year's resolution to get more exercise.
If you're over 40, chances are you've had that dreaded moment of looking in the mirror and saying "Holy cow, what happened here?" It may be the gray hair or the wrinkles around the eyes. Or perhaps it was the aching shoulder or the extra 10 or 15 pounds that never go away.
When I meet people for the first time, they're often intrigued by my work as a personal trainer, and if they've never worked with a personal trainer before, they often wonder what makes the experience so special. Some people like working with a personal trainer because it adds an extra measure of accountability, and some like working with a personal trainer because they get more interesting and varied workouts than they would on their own. But what I love about personal training is that it's personal; that is, it's a fitness program designed just for you, your abilities, your needs and your goals.
Not everyone needs a personal trainer. Folks who are naturally athletic and who enjoy exercising are typically self-motivated and can develop and maintain a good fitness program on their own. But plenty of people are new to exercise or have had bad experiences in the past that they need to overcome. If you're considering working with a personal trainer, you'll need to decide if you should work with a personal trainer who is based at a gym or rec center, or one who will come to your home or office.
Tags: personal training
If you've considered hiring a personal trainer to help you get in shape, you've probably already given some thought about what you need to look for in a personal trainer before you hire her. But have you thought about what you need to know about yourself before you begin a new personal training program?