Posted: Monday, April 9, 2018

How Personal Training Can Help Make Exercise Your Default Setting

Spring is here, which means your “it’s cold outside” excuse for not exercising is no longer going to fly. But, it may be worth asking yourself why you needed an excuse in the first place. Maybe it’s because your natural instinct, or default setting, is to not exercise, which would put you among the millions of other Americans who don’t exercise as often as they should. But, if you really want to get into the habit of exercising more so that you can change that default setting and make it a part of your everyday life, then perhaps it’s time to consider getting some help. Whether you want to get on the right track toward a healthier lifestyle or you want to improve your performance in the exercises you’re already doing, personal training might be just what the doctor ordered.

Blount Memorial Wellness Centers fitness and weight management manager Chad Hodson says sometimes a little direction can help get people motivated. “When you have a personal trainer, there’s an added level of personal responsibility, in part because you know that someone is waiting for you to get to the gym and start your workout,” Hodson said. “This can give a person that little extra push out the door to get them going. Having a trainer creates consistency, but also accountability, and can help a person select goals that are actually attainable. Goal-setting is a big part of any exercise regimen or routine, and many people make the classic mistake of setting long-term goals, but not short-term ones. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s easier and much more realistic to set a goal of dropping 2 to 4 pounds over a two-week period than it is to set a goal of losing 25 pounds in 12 weeks. The idea is to use short-term goals as a springboard toward achieving long-term goals,” he explained.

“We begin with an overall health and fitness assessment, which can help you determine your overall fitness level before you begin a routine,” Hodson continued. “Once that’s done, we can tailor a program to your specific needs and goals. Even if you suffer from chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, a qualified trainer can design a program that is appropriate for you,” he said.

Personal trainers also can help prevent self-inflicted exercise injuries. “Let’s say you start trying to lift weights and you take on too much. You can hurt yourself and potentially derail your goals altogether. A trainer can help you use the proper techniques to lift weight safely,” Hodson said. “If you’re a person who works out already and you’re not seeing the results you’re after, a personal trainer can help figure out the problem and design a solution that will keep you from the frustrations of feeling like you’re spinning your wheels,” he added.

“You don’t have to sign up for dozens of sessions with a trainer,” Hodson said. “For some people, that can be too expensive, causing them to experience sticker-shock and ultimately decide against consulting a trainer at all. With as little as one personal training session, a qualified trainer can at least customize a program based on your individual needs. Also, some people just need one session every now and then to get set up on a new exercise routine. You can’t put a price tag on your health, so personal training is definitely a worthwhile investment.” he added.

For more information, call the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook at 865-980-7100.

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