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Fitness Delivered
Benefits of an In-Home Personal Trainer
by Kirby Baldwin

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It’s a new year—the perfect opportunity to set positive intentions for a fresh start. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to be healthier, but according to research, only 46 percent of people that set such a goal are successful in keeping it at the six-month mark, largely due to having unrealistic expectations or not keeping track of progress. To detox from the holidays, look and feel better—and stick to a resolution without becoming another statistic—an in-home personal trainer may be the perfect solution.

Benefits of In-Home Personal Training
According to Jenna Scott, of J Scott Wellness, an American Council on Exercise-certified trainer and health coach who has worked as a personal trainer for more than 15 years, “The benefits to in-home training are countless. It takes many of the perceived (or not-so- perceived) obstacles out of the equation. From taking out travel time in our busy day to simply feeling more comfortable in our home, in-home training is a great alternative to the traditional gym.”

Because workouts are individually tailored to each client, they can be more efficient and effective. For those with busy schedules, in-home personal training provides the consistency needed to attain fitness goals with the added benefit of convenience—no commuting to a gym, waiting for equipment or finding child care. It can also be done at any hour of the day, rather than within the confines of a gym’s hours. Some people may be hesitant to go to a gym, and the privacy of working out in the comfort of a living room is a boon for those that feel self-conscious when exercising in a group environment.

The rapport that may develop between a trainer and client can provide the accountability and motivation to meet goals, and the gratification that comes from seeing results quickly can reinforce the behavior. It is much more difficult to get into a workout rut when there is another person present, continually customizing the workout program and providing motivation and inspiration.

Casey Mahoney, a busy mom and volunteer who works out with an in-home personal trainer, says, “The main benefits for me of working with an in-home trainer are accountability and comfort. There is something to be said for training in the comfort of your own home. It can also be a time saver! I know I can always find other things to fill my time and not make working out a priority. It is much harder to cancel on someone coming to your house than it is to cancel your trip to the gym!”

An added bonus to seeing quick physical gains is the mental fitness that comes with it; numerous studies show that exercise causes the brain to release feel-good chemicals (endorphins) that make people feel happier and less stressed. Research also points to exercise as a source of more energy and an immune system boost. Because a personal trainer will take an individual’s health history into consideration—whether it’s a surgery, a physical limitation or the recent birth of a child—in-home personal training is beneficial for all levels of fitness, even beginners.

How to Get Started
According to Scott, “Do your research. Ask where they were certified and what type of insurance they carry. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” Because a personal relationship is foundational to in-home personal training, it is important to find someone that makes us feel comfortable and motivates and inspires us to achieve goals and create positive changes.

In-home personal training comes at different price points. For those seeking a more affordable option, invite a couple of friends over to the house for a semi-private or small group training session. This format provides all the benefits of in-home personal training at a more accessible cost, with the added benefit of a more social environment.

Leveling up our physical fitness this new year will take dedication and commitment, and adopting an exercise program with the guidance of a personal trainer in the comfort of home may be the perfect strategy to stick to new, healthy habits for the long haul.

Kirby Baldwin is an editor and writer for the KnoWEwell Regenerative Whole Health hub.

10 Reasons To Use a Certified Personal Trainer

by Dan Hysong

Wherever you are in your exercise journey, a trainer may be just what you need to take you to the next level of fitness. Here are 10 reasons to consider, not necessarily in the order of importance:

1. YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START. Knowing how to set up a complete workout that includes cardio, strength training and flexibility can be overwhelming. Considering the time and knowledge this takes – you may quit before you even start. This is where a trainer can help you maximize your time while keeping you within safe limits, so you don’t overdo it, set your goals and a schedule for your workouts.

2. YOU WANT SUPERVISION AND SUPPORT. You may think you know how to exercise correctly, but you want reassurance by using a trainer. If you’re lifting challenging loads, a trainer can spot you.

3. YOU NEED ACCOUNTABILITY. There’s nothing like a standing appointment to keep you honest with yourself.

4. YOU LACK SELF-MOTIVATION. Of course, there will be times when you don’t feel like working out. A standing appointment is the solution.

5. YOU ARE NOT SEEING RESULTS. If you’ve been exercising consistently for several months and have not reached your goals, a trainer can look at your current routine and help by making changes to create a more effective workout. They can help you determine if the goals you’ve set are realistic.

6. YOU WANT TO LEARN SO YOU CAN DO IT ON YOUR OWN. Hiring a trainer short-term can be a great way to learn the correct and safe way to exercise, learn about body musculature, target specific muscles and the correct form/posture.

7. YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC CONDITION OR LIMITATION. If you have specific issues (e.g., osteoarthritis, stroke, recent injuries), working with an experienced trainer can help you avoid pain, discomfort and reinjury.

8. YOU ARE DOING THE SAME OLD WORKOUTS. The body adapts extremely well and needs “muscle confusion.” If your workouts are becoming boring and “stale,” but are not sure what to change, a trainer can bring a fresh perspective and new ideas (e.g., Interval training, circuit training, pyramids).

9. YOU NEED TO BE CHALLENGED. They can motivate you and push you past your self-imposed limits. It’s harder to slack off with a trainer.

10. YOU ARE TRAINING FOR A SPECIFIC SPORT OR EVENT. Use a trainer’s knowledgebase for sports-specific workouts or an upcoming event (e.g., 10 K run).

Dan Hysong is a Certified Personal Trainer serving clients in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, MI. For more information, visit his website BusyWorkingOut.com or check out his online Natural Directory listing.

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