I have a secret to share. I hired a personal trainer.
I’ve spent the better part, of the past 12 years, immersed in health, nutrition and fitness. I worked for Life Time Fitness for five years as a Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach and Regional Metabolic Specialist.
I know how to exercise.
But, in early 2014, as I launched my Young Living Essential Oils business, I found myself skipping workouts.
After some prompting from Tom, I finally gave into the idea that this personal trainer, might need a personal trainer of her own.
And let me tell you, hiring a personal trainer was the best investment I made in 2014! Here's why…
I was stuck in a workout rut.
I found myself stuck in a workout rut, doing the same thing over and over. When I changed my workouts up, I would question my own program design. I think they call this “analysis paralysis”.
One of the best part of working with a trainer is I don't have to think, I just have to do.
As an added bonus, many of the exercises I do with Mark, I had avoided in my own workouts. Not surprisingly, I’m getting great results.
I was all or nothing.
As many of my readers know, I was on the road to recovery from adrenal fatigue, for a loooong time.
Inevitably, when I’d try to get serious about exercise, I’d push myself so hard that I’d feel crushed for days afterwards.
I’ve been strength training three days a week with Mark, since early last spring, and I feel great after my workouts. He knows when I should stop, better than I do.
A good trainer knows when to push those who need pushing, and hold back those who tend to go overboard.
I am accountable to someone else.
Let’s face it. A big part of getting the benefits of exercise comes from actually doing it.
I love strength training. I don't dread going to the gym. I just found myself needing some accountability.
I look forward to my sessions with Mark. I know he is waiting for me at the gym. Just knowing someone is counting on me to show up, motivates me.
I am stronger and healthier than I was a year ago.
In my 20s and 30s, I exercised for aesthetics. While I still want to look fit, today, I see exercise as one way to avoid many of the problems associated with aging. And I am aging…turning 44 this year!
I know that building muscle is important for avoiding osteoporosis, maintaining healthy blood sugar and insulin sensitivity, feeling good and having energy and for making the second half of my life better than the first.
Today I exercise (and eat well) to maintain optimal health. I know if I do that, the aesthetics take care of themselves anyway.
What about you?
Do some of these reasons resonate with you? If you are having difficulty making time in your schedule for a consistent exercise program, I encourage you to consider working with a coach or personal trainer.
There is no better investment you can make than in your health!