A lot of the time spent at the gym, for most people, is wasted trying to determine what exercises you should be doing. You may know what your goals are but are unsure of what you need to be doing to achieve them. To combat this, you may have considered hiring a personal trainer to help you develop a regime that works for you and will help you get to where you want to be.
A personal trainer is someone who will help you determine what kind of exercise you should be doing, and also encourage and motivate you to work out consistently. However, their service is pricey, and because there’s little barrier to entry, you may be hesitant to invest. But, working with a personal trainer can elevate your workout to a higher level than you’d be able to achieve on your own. That doesn’t mean that it’s the right choice for everyone. If you’re happy with your progress and like the exercises you do, then stick with your current routine. If you’re someone who exercises casually and wants to stay that way, it’s not worth your money. If you’re on the fence, here are three situations when hiring a personal trainer is a worthy investment.
You don’t see results
Maybe you’ve been going to the gym four times a week for the past month, yet you don’t feel or look any different. If you don’t see results with your current regime, you should think about adding a personal trainer to the equation. A personal trainer will help you determine what isn’t working about your current routine and will design a new one that will work. Just because an exercise sounds great online, doesn’t mean it will work for your body. A trainer will listen to your goals and ensure you’re doing the work to help you achieve them.
You need to be challenged
If you’re stuck in a rut with your routine and want someone to challenge you, a personal trainer can help you switch it up and feel challenged again. A trainer can help you to challenge your limits by encouraging you to try heavier weights and new exercises to target different muscle groups. They may also work out with you, adding a competitive element to your workout. It’s much harder for you to slack off at the gym when a personal trainer is standing next to you watching your every move.
You need accountability and motivation
If you’ve been trying to make the gym a serious habit for a long time but have struggled with the motivation of getting yourself there on a schedule, a personal trainer may be the perfect solution. A trainer keeps you accountable in a number of ways. One, because you spent a lot of money on it, you’re likely to put your all into the workouts to get the most value. Two, you have a standing appointment with them, meaning you really can’t skip the gym on those days. Three, your trainer is going to ask about your week and how your workouts and diet plan is going. This will make you want to stick to your plans, so you don’t have to disappoint your trainer by telling them you’ve skipped.
Regular exercise is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. But, like with anything, it is possible to over-do it and exercise too much, forming an unhealthy relationship with exercise. If you’re worried that you’re starting to go down that path, adjust your mindset in these four ways to build a healthier relationship with the gym.
Allow yourself flexibility
There’s nothing wrong with having a plan for exercise and trying your best to stick to your schedule. However, things happen, and it won’t always be possible for you to do a workout. This is okay. One missed day isn’t going to throw off your whole routine. Allow yourself the flexibility to miss a workout and don’t beat yourself up over it. Before every workout, you should ask yourself, “what do I need from this time?” Sometimes, what you need is what you planned. Other times, it will be completely different, and it may simply be rest.
Don’t exercise to eat
You shouldn’t be pushing yourself at the gym so that you can go home and stuff your face with junk food. Instead, you should view food as fuel that helps your body perform and be strong. You shouldn’t be exercising so that you can eat a huge meal. Instead, you should be eating to be able to exercise. This doesn’t mean you have to eat a completely healthy diet all of the time and restrict yourself of foods you love. You should have a healthy balance between healthy and junk food.
Don’t push yourself to the point of exhaustion
You shouldn’t be coming home from the gym every night to the point where you need to immediately go to sleep because you’re so exhausted. You shouldn’t be so sore that you’re limping around your house for days. You should be able to tell the difference a good burn and genuine pain. You should still have the energy after the gym to go about your day, whether it’s grocery shopping, doing laundry or grabbing dinner with friends.
Don’t fixate on the physical
Many people attend the gym because they want to be happier with their appearance. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, once you begin to obsess over it is when it becomes an issue. You should be exercising not only because of how you look but also because of how it makes you feel. Leaving the gym should leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied. You shouldn’t feel guilty because you still haven’t lost those five pounds or because you don’t have a six-pack. Notice the non-appearance benefits that exercising has given you, like the fact that you’re able to climb a few flights of stairs without running out of breath or that you know have the strength to rearrange your furniture on your own.
About Robert J. Winn
Robert J. Winn is a family physician based in Collingswood, NJ. For over fifteen years Dr. Winn has worked to provide care to vulnerable populations that face barriers to healthcare access. As a medical professional, Dr. Winn understands how important fitness is to one’s health. On a personal level, he also understands what it’s like to be overweight, so he is able to empathize with patients who struggle to live healthier lives.
Robert J. Winn’s fitness journey started relatively later in life. Although he helped other people become healthy and stay that way, Dr. Winn had fallen victim to a situation that many busy professionals find themselves in. At age 45 he was overweight and didn’t make time for daily exercise. Toward the end of 2014, Dr. Winn realized that something had to change. He had trouble fitting into the clothes he owned, and activities like walking up a flight of stairs exhausted him. Dr. Winn made the decision to turn his health around by devoting himself to fitness.
One of the most important aspects of being a physician is making sure that patients are taking the necessary steps to remain healthy. However, Dr. Winn was not following his own recommendations. In order to remedy this situation, he joined Unite Fitness, a local fitness studio. The Unite Fitness philosophy of “Heart, Muscle, Mind” resonated with Dr. Winn. With the help of Coach Gavin, the founder of the studio, Dr. Winn was able to shed 50 pounds over the course of six months.
Although Robert J. Winn started his fitness journey by attending a fitness studio and receiving instruction from the staff, he realizes that many people, including the majority of his patients, may not have the resources to purchase a membership or home fitness equipment. It’s important to remember, though, that getting in shape does not have to cost an exorbitant amount of money. In fact, you don’t have to join a gym or purchase anything to get started. Dr. Robert J. Winn recommends that patients begin by walking 30 minutes each day. Also, on the internet, you can find numerous free resources like exercise tips and guides that you can use to workout at home in your living room.
One way that Dr. Winn stayed motivated in the beginning of his fitness journey was by sharing updates on social media. His friends and family saw his progress and encouraged him along the way. Plus, patients were able to witness the transformation take place firsthand. As a result, many patients were inspired to get in shape themselves. Sharing his fitness journey on social media also encouraged Dr. Winn to work harder to lose weight because he didn’t want to let his patients down. He wanted to show them that it was possible for anyone to get in shape and become healthier as long as they are dedicated and work hard.
Being overweight leads to many health issues such as depression, high cholesterol, and diabetes just to name a few. Exercising on a daily basis can prevent or eliminate these types of difficulties. Dr. Robert J. Winn uses his personal fitness journey as an example that patients can relate to. Today he feels stronger, healthier, and happier as a result of his active lifestyle and healthy diet. He continues to encourage his patients to take small fitness steps so that they can live life to the fullest with fewer health issues holding them back.
To help keep others healthy, Robert J Winn just opened Real Wellness, LLC, a private family medicine practice that’s located in Collingswood, New Jersey. Real Wellness is not a typical doctor’s office. Winn’s practice treats the patient, instead of just whatever issue they’re having. At the patient-centered practice, all appointments last for at least 30 minutes in order for Dr. Winn to get to know each patient and their background so he can provide the best possible care. Many practices are too focused on how many paitents they get that they don’t provide quality care. Robert J Winn focuses solely on the quality of care he gives every patient, which is what makes him so successful as a physician.