If you’re over-50, maybe closer to 60, you may have put your fitness goals on the back burner. Maybe you have some ankle, knee or hip joint pain, or maybe you have some back issues that have put the damper on your exercise routine. Yet, you know you need to exercise if you’re going to stay healthy and active as you get older. Well, seems like there’s just the solution that was custom made for your generation – Personal Trainers. Here’s how they can help you reinvest in your fitness goals.
Stay Motivated to Achieve Fitness – Consult a Personal Trainer
If you’re a Boomer, you’re part of the largest generation of our current population. In fact, by the year 2030, about 70 million Americans will be over age 65! But, you don’t need anyone to remind you that you’re getting older. True to your generation, you’ve kept trying to get, or stay, fit because it helps you feel (and look) younger, happier and healthier.
Over the summer though, you may have fallen away from your exercise routine to spend more time outdoors or maybe you just got bored with your activities. Taking those leisurely walks, touring bicycle rides on the bike trail through the park, or jumping in a pool to cool off are relaxing and stress-releasing, but they don’t do much to get your heart rate up to keep it strong. Nor do they burn much fat if you need to lose a few pounds.
So, now that it’s fall, how about kick-starting your exercise routine back into gear? One of the best ways to do that is to consult a Personal Trainer. They can be just what you need to re-power your motivation to get fit. Here’s what a Personal Trainer can do for you:
1. Re-Motivate You. Let’s face it, it’s often times a struggle to get up and get going to the gym to do your workout by yourself not knowing if what you’re doing is making a difference. A Personal Trainer can re-energize your motivation to reach your fitness goals.
2. Devise a Personal Plan. You may not know it, but your old exercise routine may have aggravated aches and pains by doing exercises improperly or doing certain exercises that put stress on joints, strained ligaments, and tendons. A Personal Trainer can create a specially tailored exercise program just for you that accounts for any prior injuries, joint conditions, or other health issues. They can actually help you work out so that you decrease aches and pains. They can even fire things up for you by adding new, fun, workouts, like some TRX, Zumba, World Dance, Pilates, a little Insanity or even some Brazilian Butt moves, instead of doing the same old routine over and over. If your mind is bored with your exercise routine, your body is just as bored and likely has stopped responding.
3. Focuses on Your Issues. In your generation, the big physical fitness issues are cardiovascular conditioning, balance, flexibility, and strength. As such, they should be the capstones of your fitness routine because they help prevent a heart attack or stroke, correct poor posture from weak back and core muscles, help you stay mobile and independent and decrease your risk for falling and suffering a debilitating fracture.
4. Help with Nutrition. Many people – your age, younger and older – just don’t know the right nutrition to both power their exercise routines and keep them healthy. They just eat what they like which may not be the best choices. As you get older, you have specific nutritional needs – like B12 deficiencies for memory and energy, calcium absorption for your bones, lutein intake for your eyes, hormone balancing to keep you happy and sexually active, and more.
Research has shown that fitness for the over-50 generation is, perhaps, the most important factor, along with nutrition, in staving off, or slowing the progress of, age-related function decline. Many people in your generation find that if they exercise regularly they’re happier, sleep better, have much less aches and pains, work and play with more enthusiasm and have a much more positive outlook.
Consulting a Personal Trainer can help you achieve all of that and be a very rewarding experience. Personal Trainers have a big energizing smile for you when you walk in the gym, they help you exercise safely and within your own capacity, they give you that welcome pat on the back when you get on the scale and have lost a few pounds, or are able to run around the track a few times without getting winded.
If money is an issue, you don’t have to keep a Personal Trainer long-term. You can meet with them as little as once a week and carry on your routine solo for the rest of the week. Consulting them on a short-term basis to get a personalized routine, and a much needed shot of motivation, may be all you really need. But, their lessons and motivation can last you a long, long time!