The benefits of a personal trainer

Personal training is no longer considered a celebrity fad as we learn more and more what is right for our individual bodies.

Personal training is a 1 to 1 training/workout session with a certified trainer. It usually begins with an individual assessment before the creation of a tailored workout strategy designed to achieve the results the client is after.

It can include anything from mobility and balance through to strength and conditioning or even nutritional guidance.

Living the life you love, for longer

While YouTube is currently full of couples holding themselves up on outdoor playground equipment or doing sit-ups while wrapped around their partner’s waists, in your 50s and 60s the real focus on working with a personal trainer is different. In your 50s and beyond, a personal trainer can keep you doing the everyday actions you take for granted, for longer.

Whilst not particularly taxing, simple everyday tasks such as reaching down to pick something up off the floor, or opening that stubborn jar lid, can become harder and it can be frustrating.

Working with a personal trainer allows you to not only achieve physical goals but also ensures you dedicate enough focus to stretching, flexibility, core stability and balance to keep you living the life you love for longer.

Playing it safe

While there is a rise in online resources for the over 60s with regards to health and fitness, there are some intricacies that only tailored support and guidance can address. As the body ages, its vulnerabilities increase. That includes the risk of injury, deterioration of muscle strength or challenges with joints and movement.

By working with a dedicated personal trainer, these elements can be factored into any programme, ensuring that you can achieve your goals in a safe and comfortable manner without adding the risk of further harm to your body. And while it is generally assumed that strength training should be the primary focus in your 60s, doing it in a safe manner is paramount.

Warding off other health complications

The NHS strongly encourages an active lifestyle in your 60s with strong evidence suggesting it can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression and dementia.

By working with a personal trainer, you can develop a programme that incorporates the right type of exercise and long term goals to address and reduce these issues. Some trainers may also help you incorporate dietary improvements into the plan to nourish your body from the inside out.

Expanding your horizons

Finally, working with a personal trainer can also be an educational process, opening you up to a range of workout programmes you might not have even known existed. From weight training to yoga or even boxing, your personal trainer will be able to guide you from beginner level through to advanced if that is what you enjoy.

Gone are the days of strict cardio treadmill running or pumping weights for hours. A 30-minute Zumba class or a 40-minute yoga class might tick all the boxes and get you the results you need.

Working with a personal trainer is always an individual choice, but it is worth considering, especially if you really want to devote time to your body and wellbeing and see results.

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