It’s a new year and a new you. With 2018 rolling in, more people are dedicating their new year’s resolutions to exercise, weight loss, and other health related fitness goals. These goals can seem a little overwhelming at first, especially to those of you who may not exercise regularly. What do you do? Where do you go? How do you get started? A personal trainer is a great start for those of you who may need some guidance or extra motivation to get those resolutions on the right track.

Some of you may be wondering what the benefits of exercise are, and why you would want to dedicate 2018 to a healthier self. First and foremost, exercise has been shown to decrease your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in Americans. Exercise can also help lower blood pressure, decrease fat mass, increase self-confidence, give you more energy, provide stress relief, and even change the way the body physiologically responds to stress.

Personal trainers are exercise professionals who are skilled in prescribing exercise to help you meet your fitness goals. These goals can range anywhere from weight loss and strength training, to fall prevention and even running related goals. The research suggests that 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity physical activity is needed to help prevent preventable diseases. Adding a personal trainer to your life can help you reach this time suggestion, while providing you with the knowledge and confidence needed to go out and be active on your own.

Consult with a doctor before beginning a new exercise program. Medical clearance is required before people with certain conditions can be seen by a fitness professional.

Nobel, M. ACSM Guidelines for Exercise Test and Prescription, 10th Edition. American College of Sports Medicine. 2018.