Benefits of hiring a personal trainer

If you are having a hard time getting motivated at the health club, or have hit an exercise plateau and can’t seem to move forward, consider hiring a personal trainer. In a study by University of Wisconsin School of Health Promotion and Human Development, more than half of the clients involved in a personal-training program moved up at least one stage of motivational readiness to exercise.

More than just an instructor, a personal trainer can help you come up with the right workout plan to meet your individual goals. Other benefits to consider include:

Understand your starting point. A personal trainer will provide an assessment regarding your fitness level before beginning a new program. This evaluation is essential to preventing injury and creating a starting point for goal setting. The trainer will also work with you to revise your goals along the way.

Learn to stick to it. A personal motivator encouraging you to continue, even when discouraged, is one of the most positive elements of hiring a personal trainer. According to the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, personal training can help change attitudes and promote the increase of physical activity.

Hold yourself accountable. Knowing your trainer is watching may keep you on track during your workout. If you typically find excuses to skip exercising, scheduling appointments with a personal trainer will help you stay with the program.

Work on specific goals. Whether you’re an athlete who needs to prepare for a competition, are recovering from an accident or a diabetic, a personal trainer can help create a specialized plan to work toward your unique objective.

Improve overall fitness. Studies show the primary reason people hire personal trainers is to get professional assistance to improve cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility, endurance and balance. A personal trainer will monitor your progress and update your program as you go, helping you overcome plateaus.

Reach or maintain a healthy weight. A personal trainer can aid in helping you set realistic goals and determine safe strategies to lose weight and tone muscle.

Don’t belong to a gym? As a Healthy Blue Xtras member, you can receive discounted membership at health clubs across Michigan. 

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