How healthy are you? Less than 5% of adults participate in even 30 minutes of physical activity a day and more than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines recommended for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. In fact, recent reports project that by 2030, half of all adults, nearly 115 million, in the United States will be obese.
If you are afraid that you are not getting the recommended amount of daily exercise, perhaps it is time that you start making a plan to improve your health and fitness, and increase the chance of enjoying a long, happy retirement. If you are not even able to meet a “30 for 30” challenge where you walk a mere 30 miles in 30 days, it is likely that you are in need of a fitness intervention. If you spend 15 hours a week in the balcony of your daughter’s gymnastics club watching her exercise while all you do is read books, take pictures, or talk to friends, it might be time for you to find someone to help get you motivated to get fit.
Personal trainers might the answer to your current unhealthy habits. Did you know endurance and aerobic fitness can increase by 25% after just eight to 12 weeks of regular training. An athletic trainer can create a workout routine for you and motivate you to get started and to maintain a healthy, physical lifestyle. A recent study by According Ohio University in Athens shows that strength-training can continue to burn calories up to 38 hours after a workout. This means that the money and the time you invest in yourself might continue to pay benefits clear through the next day.
Hiring a hiring a personal trainer may seem a bit intimidating at first, especially if you have never spent time working out. If this is the case, a group fitness training program might be a great way to get started. After a few weeks of attending a group class you may find yourself more confident and more committed to your new goals. Personal trainers often lead some of these group activities and this may also help you to gain the confidence you need to ask for a personal fitness workout.
Whether you are a mostly fit person who has taken the last few months off from the gym, or an out of shape adult who has just decided to take charge of your health and fitness, consulting one of the many personal trainers at your local gym may be just the step you need to take to change the course of your life and health.