The profession of personal training is a relatively new field that continues to expand its boundaries and redefine itself. Prior to the early 1980s, no minimal requirements existed to qualify or identify a person as a personal trainer. Those engaged in training were still an esoteric group. Many learned about training solely through personal experiences in the gym.Today, a personal fitness trainer can be defined as a person who educates and trains clients in the performance of safe and appropriate exercises in order to effectively lead them to optimal health. Personal trainers can be self-employed or work in health clubs, physicians’ offices, physical therapy clinics, wellness centers, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and private studios.
But who wants a personal trainer?
Consider the following: Each year in the United States, people spend $2.5 trillion on health care. This meteoric figure translates into an expenditure of almost $7,000 for each member of the U.S. population. Regrettably, this financial commitment has neither shown signs of abating nor has it produced satisfactory results with regard to treating a wide variety of chronic health problems.Attempts to identify the factors that have been major contributions to this virtual epidemic of medical problems have produced a litany of probable reasons why such a large number of individuals are so apparently unhealthy, including poor eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, stress, and poor health habits (e.g., smoking). At the same time, a number of studies have been undertaken to identify what, if anything, can be done to diminish either the number or the severity of medical problems affecting the public. These studies have provided considerable evidence that exercise has substantial medicinal benefits for people of all agesAccepting the premise that regular exercise can play a key role in reducing your risk of medical problems and in decreasing your ultimate costs for health care is critical. Despite the vast number of individuals who lead a sedentary lifestyle, the need for and the value of exercising on a regular basis is an irrefutable fact of life (and death).
For example not exercising had the equivalent impact on a person’s health as smoking one and a half packs of cigarettes a day. Fortunately, with few exceptions, most people are too sensible to ever consider ravaging their health by smoking excessively. Unfortunately, many of these same people fail to recognize the extraordinary benefits of exercise in the prevention of medical problems.Any listing of the medical problems and health-related conditions that can be at least partially treated and controlled by exercise would be extensive. Among the most significant of these health concerns and the manner in which exercise is thought to help alleviate each condition are the following:
• Allergies. Exercise is one of the body’s most efficient ways to control nasal congestion (and the accompanying discomfort of restricted nasal blood flow).
• Angina. Regular aerobic exercise dilates vessels, increasing blood flow — thereby improving the body’s ability to extract oxygen from the bloodstream.
• Anxiety. Exercise triggers the release of mood-altering chemicals in the brain.
• Arthritis. By forcing a skeletal joint to move, exercise induces the manufacture of synovial fluid, helps to distribute it over the cartilage, and forces it to circulate throughout the joint space.
• Back pain. Exercise helps to strengthen the abdominal muscles,the lower back extensor muscles, and the hamstring muscles.
• Bursitis and tendinitis. Exercise can strengthen the tendons — enabling them to handle greater loads without being injured.
• Cancer. Exercise helps maintain ideal bodyweight and helps keep body fat to a minimum.
• Carpal tunnel syndrome. Exercise helps build up the muscles in the wrists and forearms, thereby reducing the stress on arms, elbows, and hands.
• Cholesterol. Exercise helps to raise HDL (high- density lipoprotein—the “good” cholesterol) levels in the blood and lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein—the undesirable cholesterol) levels.
• Constipation. Exercise helps strengthen the abdominal muscles, thereby making it easier to pass a stool.
• Depression. Exercise helps speed metabolism and deliver more oxygen to the brain; the improved level of circulation in the brain tends to enhance mood.
- Diabetes. Exercise helps lower blood sugar levels, strengthen the skeletal muscles and heart, improve circulation, and reduce stress.
- Fatigue. Exercise can help alleviate the fatigue- causing effects of stress, poor circulation and blood oxygenation, bad posture, and poor breathing habits.
- Glaucoma. Exercise helps relieve intraocular hypertension (the pressure buildup on the eyeball that heralds the onset of glaucoma).
- Headaches. Exercise helps force the brain to secrete more of the body’s opiate-like, pain- dampening chemicals (e.g., endorphins and enkephalins).
- Heart disease. Exercise helps promote many changes that collectively lower the risk of heart disease—a decrease in body fat, a decrease in LDL cholesterol, an increase in the efficiency of the heart and lungs, a decrease in blood pressure, and a lowered heart rate.
- High blood pressure. Exercise reduces the level of stress-related chemicals in the bloodstream that constrict arteries and veins, increases the release of endorphins, raises the level of HDL in the bloodstream, lowers resting heart rate (over time), improves the responsiveness of blood vessels (over time), and helps reduce blood pressure through maintenance of body weight.
- Insomnia. Exercise helps reduce muscular tension and stress.
• Intermittent claudication. Claudication is pain caused by too little blood flow to the extremities. Exercise helps improve peripheral circulation and increases pain tolerance.
• Knee problems. Exercise helps strengthen the structures attendant to the knee (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) thereby facilitating the ability of the knee to withstand stress.
• Lung disease. Exercise helps strengthen the muscles associated with breathing and helps boost the oxygen level in the blood.
• Memory problems. Exercise helps to improve cognitive ability by increasing the blood and oxygen flow to the brain.
• Menstrual problems and PMS. Exercise helps to control the hormonal imbalances often associated with PMS by increasing the release of beta-endorphins.
• Osteoporosis. Exercise promotes bone density, thereby lowering an individual’s risk of experiencing a bone fracture.
• Overweight problems. Exercise is an
appetite suppressant. It also increases metabolic rate, burns fat, increases lean muscle mass, and improves self-esteem—all factors that contribute to healthy weight.
• Varicose veins. Exercise can help control the level of discomfort caused by existing varicose veins and help prevent additional varicose veins.
People work with trainers for many reasons.Wherever you are on your exercise journey, a personal trainer can offer support, tips, and training as you work to reach your fitness and weight loss goals.Psychologically, human beings react and push themselves in different ways when it is known that someone is watching them. If that someone happens to be a fitness professional who knows exactly what they are talking about and obviously look the part, the workouts will always be more intense than anything you will do on your own.Eventually, the client will achieve the self-efficacy to feel empowered enough to stick with an exercise and diet lifestyle to stay in great shape. It’s obvious that a personal trainer is very important to your fitness success. Trust that these pros have the knowledge to teach and instruct great ways to get into killer shape. You will be pushed to your limits, but each workout will bring you closer to the body and the healthy lifestyle you want and need. Take the guess-work out of working out! Get a plan and method from a personal trainer and enjoy your fitness success.Definitely the importance of a knowledgeable trainer should be in our daily lives!
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