As a married mom of three I understand the challenges of budgeting both money and time. In many cases we put our desires and even some times our needs on the back burner to make sure that everyone else in the family is taken care of. Today I’d like to take a few minutes to explain to you why I believe that personal training is worth both the money and the time for you and your family.
We all know what it feels like to be stressed, to be pulled in a number of different directions and not feel like we have the time for any of it. So how can adding yet another thing be beneficial?
Exercise gives you a much needed break.
Sometimes when we are up to our ears in work obligations and taking care of the household the thing we need the most is a breather. Remember the commercial, ‘Calgon, take me away!’? And while a bath may be relaxing, if you’re anything like me it will be cut short either because someone is knocking on the door and needs something, or the weight of all the things that need to be done makes the bath feel like a huge waste of time. Rather taking a break to exercise will not only help you escape from all of the demands from work and home but also give you the chance to improve your health. Working with a personal trainer maximizes the benefits of your much needed break. Unlike with group fitness, the entire session designed around your needs. Who wants to spend 30 minutes doing cardio when they hate cardio? Who wants to wander around the machines or free weights in the gym and not really know which exercises will benefit them the most? Taking an hour to work with a trainer won’t make you feel like the time was wasted.
Exercise is a great stress reliever.
There are scientific reasons that exercise releases stress, but in general, I don’t think that means much to most people. If you’re like me you want to know the ‘practical’ reasons exercise is a stress reliever. What better way to release stress than to slam a medicine ball, or sweating it out with some cardio? What about the good feelings that come along with lifting a heavier weight, doing a higher box jump or completing more repetitions? The feeling of accomplishment will always take over the weight of stress and there is nothing more than personal trainers want for their clients is to achieve a new personal best. That personal best is just that – it is your personal best. You aren’t being measured against anyone else, nor are you watching others out of the corner of your eye measuring yourself against them. Training sessions aren’t just about burning fat and building muscle, they are just as much about building you up as a person and relieving the stresses that bring you down.
Exercise is a return on investment.
The time you put in at the gym will be worth it – you will see results. Now I’m not promising any quick fixes, I’m not promising significant weight loss or increased muscle mass. The fact is, you will get out of what you put into your time in the gym. But that’s only part of it, there are positive improvements to your body beyond the scale. Your heart is a muscle and by participating in regular exercise you are strengthening your heart. Strength training exercises increases bone density, which is important as we get older to prevent breaks and osteoporosis. Moving more improves your metabolism which helps you to more efficiently burn calories even at rest. As we age flexibility and range of motion can decrease, but through exercise you can improve your flexibility and range of motion, which again contributes to your ability to prevent injury. I don’t know anyone who can argue that these aren’t great benefits to exercise. Personal trainers will make sure that the time you put in is worth it. You’ll benefit from all the things you can’t see, but they will also help you to make improvements to the things you can see.
Exercise with a personal trainer gives you the biggest bang for your buck.
I hear it over and over again that personal training is too expensive. I understand when compared with a basic gym membership of $20 a month personal training costs seem extreme. However, by working with a trainer you are going to benefit from their expertise. Unlike group fitness, you will receive personalized workouts designed to meet your specific needs. The entire session is focused completely on you and your needs. But it extends beyond the sessions. Trainers provide you with exercise plans for the days you don’t meet with them, they provide nutritional advise, they provide regular accountability, they follow-up with you during the week to see how you are doing. So when you consider the price you pay for the ‘session’ also consider the benefits that you get throughout the week to keep you motivated and on track.
Let’s face it, will taking an hour out of your day really put you back that far? Consider all of the benefits exercise can give you. I’ve outlined a few, but I’m sure each of you reading this can think of your own benefits to exercise.
For this holiday season I’m offering 10% off of my personal training services. If you’re in the Lombard, Elmhurst or Glen Ellyn area I would love to talk with you about personal training and how it could have a positive impact on your life. Drop me a line and let’s set up a time to talk about your needs.