Every year, millions of people commit to losing weight or getting fit as part of their New Year’s resolutions. And every year, most of those people fail to make any meaningful change. If you don’t want to be one of those who lets fitness fall by the wayside as soon as things get busy, then you should strongly consider investing in personal training for 2015. Here are five reasons why:
- A Personal Trainer Can Help You Pinpoint Your Goals
If your current fitness goals are either extremely general (“get healthier,” “lose weight”) or overly ambitious (“I want to look like Chris Hemsworth in two months!”), a personal trainer can help you define your goals and then break them down into more manageable steps. Do you need to increase aerobic capacity? Increase muscle mass? Improve range of motion and flexibility? Those things are a lot easier to figure out with professional help.
- A Personal Trainer Can Ensure You’re Using Correct Form
Especially if you haven’t been spending a lot of time at the gym, it’s easy to injure yourself by using the machines or doing exercises incorrectly. By investing in personal training and perfecting your form, you’ll decrease the likelihood of aches and pains beyond regular muscle soreness.
- A Personal Trainer Can Expand Your Horizons
Running and lifting weights aren’t the only way to get fit, and your personal trainer may be able to offer a variety of activities that can help you reach your goals in ways that are comfortable or even fun for you. Want to increase aerobic capacity? Start swimming. Want to improve your alignment and flexibility? Try Pilates classes. You’ll probably find it’s easier to stick to this kind of diversified workout routine.
- A Personal Trainer Can Hold You Accountable
When you don’t have a specific appointment, it’s all too easy to push off going to the gym for just one day. But that day turns into days, and those days turn into weeks. Pretty soon, you’ll be coming around to the next New Year’s and finding yourself in the exact same spot as the year before. A personal trainer can hold you accountable to your workout schedule and push you in safe ways.
- A Personal Trainer Can Be There to Support You
Many people, especially those who don’t consider themselves fit, are so intimidated by the gym that they simply won’t go — and, of course, end up getting even less fit as they delay. By having a personal trainer by your side, you can be confident that you belong, even if you don’t feel like you fit in with the gym crowd right now. Everyone feels insecure at some point in time, but your trainer can help you remember that what matters is your goal, not the other people there.
What are your fitness goals are for the next year? Are you looking to increase aerobic capacity, beef up your muscles or just get outside more often? Discuss in the comments.