How to stick to healthy fitness goals


January is the month of beginnings. We’re determined to make changes in our lives and often we manage… at least for a little while. However, when it’s about fitness … things aren’t quite as easy. Fitness promises made to ourselves on the 1st often end up being mere New Year’s resolutions. This happens to many of us for various reasons: the motivation to have a honed and toned body disappears quickly under the warmth of thick woolly jumpers; days are shorter so we tend to rush back home after work and cosy up in front of the TV with a mug of hot chocolate nearby, etc; Those of us who actually try our best to start a fitness regime despite the above temptations find that our efforts don’t yield the result we expected… were the expectations too high or we simply aren’t doing it right? Doubt leads to loss of motivation, so by the time we finished doing our research to find out what exactly is required for achieving the desired results… we already wasted precious time. This is why hiring a personal trainer is a good idea. There are many personal training programs out there to fit any budget and schedule. Having a trainer by your side can provide the encouragement, energy and motivation you need to jumpstart a fitness routine. A trainer can help us set realistic goals, plans and habits and to stay on track by assisting with overcoming many of the excuses one might use to avoid commitment to exercise.

Fitness can be confusing. There is a lot of related information out there but to match us that excess of information with our particular needs it’s still a puzzle. Should cardio go before or after strength training? A personal trainer can answer many fitness related questions promptly and provide trustworthy direction when it’s most needed.

Working with a personal trainer provided confidence that we are doing it right. After a few guided sessions, you will be able to start your training alone with self-confidence and self-efficacy; that’s a skill that will stay with you forever.

If you are new to some types of exercises or find that some movements are uncomfortable, a personal trainer will teach you the appropriate exercise technique to prevent injuries. Exercise is beneficial for preventing or managing many common chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. However, exercising with a medical condition requires additional precautions. A knowledgeable trainer with experience in training people with chronic conditions can design a program that ensures your safety and provides a positive exercise experience.

When it comes to fitness, everyone is different. Your unique body mechanics, experience, goals, fitness level, likes and dislikes can guide your trainer in creating a plan that is specific to your needs. With a program that fits, you are more likely to maintain the habit and see the desired results.

Last but not least, exercise is supposed to be enjoyable. A good personal trainer can make exercise both effective and fun. Group or buddy training can be a great way to increase enjoyment, make exercise social and attain the services of a trainer for a cheaper rate. And simply working with a trainer who you like and respect can be enough to provide you with more gratification from your workouts.