Do you really need a personal trainer?

bigstock-Gym-Woman-And-Trainer-7042495It’s no secret that the most popular New Year’s resolutions revolve around our health – getting in shape, losing weight and eating healthier. In fact, Americans said they were just as committed to getting fit in 2015 than they ever were, according to Nielsen. Health and wellness were top priorities for U.S. consumers as data from a 2015 Nielsen survey based on 580 U.S. respondents say. It highlights how staying "fit and healthy" was the top resolution, coming in at 37%, followed closely by "lose weight" at 32%. It’s easy to say that you want to lose weight and get fit and healthy. Motivation strikes you and you get extremely dedicated to increase your exercise and start eating right. But, commitment for some is difficult and inevitably, old habits creep back in, enthusiasm diminishes, and life happens. It becomes common to put off tackling weight-loss goals until tomorrow, next week, or some other time in the future. We use every excuse not to exercise. According to WebMD, the top six exercise excuses include

1) ‘I don’t have enough time’ 2) ‘I’m too tired’ 3) ‘I don’t get a break from the kids’ 4) ‘Exercise is boring’ 5) ‘I just don’t like to move’ 6) ‘I’ve tried before.’

This is why it’s important to have someone with you on a regular basis to help keep you on track. Determine what you want to gain from your overall plan to ensure you meet your health goals. Be sure to set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) health and fitness goals, write them down and take action. Are you looking for accountability, support and encouragement? Professional guidance and expertise, results tracking and/or a program that is motivating, fun and full of variety? What about the physical components of eating healthy, increased intensity in your workouts and/or tips on proper form and techniques during strength training? After many years of trying and failing to exercise right and eat healthy consistently on my own, I came to the realization that all of the above are essential for success. Depending on the level you’re at, there are several options available to help you along your journey. For accountability, support and encouragement, enlist a buddy - friend, a spouse or significant other, or family member – or your peers on social media like Facebook or Twitter to help. Find someone that has similar goals and bring them along on the journey. Social media, like YouTube, can also offer quick exercise, fitness and nutrition tips. Other online fitness communities such as websites and blogs can offer a space for more in-depth information and up-to-the-minute education.

However, if you are a beginner or more experienced and require a more complex workout, or you simply need a little more structure, focused attention, and increased intensity, hiring a personal trainer for professional help may be a good idea. January 2nd is National Personal Training Awareness Day. It was designed to remind people that professionals are available to help make their promises from their resolutions a reality. Personal trainers aren't for everyone, but a trainer provides those certain benefits that you can't find when working out on your own. Should your lifestyle or wallet not accommodate frequent one-on-one sessions, group training or meeting with a trainer a handful of times to learn the essentials is still beneficial and very cost effective. With or without a personal trainer, you will have to work really hard for your success. You can do it! Let this year be your year of total transformation!