Personal Training is for Everyone!

You might think that people who decide to work with personal trainers are all young moms, sports people or muscle bound men. Well you would be wrong! Many people from different walks of life now look to hire personal trainers to help them achieve their lifestyle and fitness goals. In my own experience over the last 15 years, I have trained and coached a very diverse range of clients from teenage athletes and pre and post-natal women, to top class sports people and those over 75 years old!

The 50-plus demographic is one that has drastically increased when it comes to hiring trainers. This is good news considering that research shows those over 50 are not spending enough time ‘keeping fit’, despite well publicised and documented reasons why they should. Research shows that only an average of 30% of men and women over 50 partake in the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day (walking, cycling, swimming). As a result, the benefits of good health pass by many people in this age range.

Keeping active and strength training when you’re over 50 offers up many benefits:

  • As you get older your metabolism slows down. Resistance based exercise can offset this effect and help keep your weight at a stable level by keeping your lean muscle mass high. A trainer can introduce you to workouts that will safely and effectively introduce you to strength training.
  • Keeping active will give you more energy and keep you feeling lively, while extended inactivity will leave you feeling tired and sluggish.
  • Exercise can help you get a more restful and beneficial night’s sleep.
  • Keeping active helps to protect your bones and joints from ageing and also helps to maintain mobility and balance.
  • Lower impact exercise like Pilates and yoga will strengthen your stabilising muscles, make you stand taller and help support your spine.

Hiring a personal trainer can help to get you on track to a healthier lifestyle whether you’re working out now or not. If you’re new to the gym, a trainer can take measurements, test for lean muscle mass and assess your current fitness and strength levels to help you establish reasonable but challenging fitness goals. If you’re already working out, expect your trainer to use their skill and knowledge to maximize your efforts!

- Gareth Nock
Gareth Nock currently teaches group fitness classes and coaches small group training at GoodLife Fitness. Visit Gareth’s website!

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