No one has to be told that there are many benefits to being physically fit and strong. Even without individual goals like competitions and looking their absolute best, everyone wants to feel better and improve their chances for living longer. Along with a healthy nutritional program, exercise is the number one way to accomplish this. But how much exercise is enough and what is the best way to get it?
For healthy adults who want the most extensive health benefits, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends that aerobic exercise and strength training be included in fitness regimens, specifically:
For additional and more extensive health benefits, adults should increase their aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes (5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity, or 150 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity. Additional health benefits are gained by engaging in physical activity beyond this amount.
Adults should also include muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015-2020, Eighth Edition, The Department of Health and Human Services, USDA
Is it possible to do the research and come up with an exercise program that will be the most effective in getting you to your personal goals? Yes, of course, it is possible. Is it likely that more than a few extremely dedicated and focused individuals will do that? No. That results in gyms and health clubs being filled with people who sincerely want to become more fit but literally have no clue what their bodies need to make that happen. This is what makes finding a good personal trainer such an important first step on your road to health and fitness.
When considering the pros and cons of working with a personal trainer, it is hard to argue about the benefits. The main arguments against are typically cost and fear of being pushed harder than a client wants to go. Whether this service fits into someone’s budget is always a personal decision, but it should be weighed against the toll that not being fit and strong are taking on overall health and quality of life. As for the second concern, a good trainer will motivate and encourage but will also be one that takes a client’s fears and concerns into account. Helping you get the most out of your program will always be the goal. Pushing you to the point that you end up giving up and quitting is counterproductive. In this situation, the problem is the trainer and the solution is to find one that is a better fit for you, personally.
At Flex Fitness we are focused on transforming each of our clients into the person he or she wants to become — strong, well-toned, fit and full of optimal energy. We are committed to treating you as an individual, listening to you and evaluating you carefully to determine which workouts and nutritional programs are best suited to your particular needs.