When I walked into the gym a few weeks ago, I noticed a sign that stated most people have given up on their New Year's Resolutions to lose weight by June. I tried to recall some of the faces I had seen earlier in the year at Spin class, and the women I had talked with while on the treadmill. I realized that they had not been around in several weeks, if not longer.
Maybe they had changed schedules or routines, but it was clear that attendance had dropped. There are many reasons why people drop their workout routines. Some don't see desired results fast enough. Others decide that it's just too hard to maintain their weight loss and give in to their old habits.
And for some, they never find the right type of exercise to keep themselves motivated. Many people find that having a personal trainer helps them to learn effective exercises and stay on track. However, it can be tricky finding the best trainer for you. Just because Suzy Q.
was able to whip your best pal into American Gladiator shape does not mean that she is the right match for you. There are factors that must be considered when you are looking to hire someone to help you accomplish a major life style change such as getting healthy. First of all, what kind of motivation works for you? Do you respond to the 'Drill Sergeant' who is super tough or do you require a more supportive but firm style? What gets you going - fear of a harsh word from your trainer or being excited about time to focus on yourself? Knowing your own personality style and what motivates you is key. A bad match will almost guarantee that you will not hang in with the program, no matter how popular the trainer may be. The next point to consider is when are you likely to work out.
Many people do well working out early in the morning. But what if your schedule does not permit this timing? Maybe you're not a 'morning person'. There are still options available - many gyms are open late into the evening and a few are even open 24 hours! You also can work out at home if that is more convenient. Whatever time you choose has to fit into your life so that you will be consistent.
Yes, 'fit into your life' because this is not a temporary situation. If you really want to reach your goals, you must be in it for the long haul, there is no quick fix. Another factor to be considered is cost.
How often you meet with your trainer has to fit with your budget. Some people find that sharing a training session with a friend helps to reduce costs. Maybe you need just a few sessions every 6 to 8 weeks to learn specific exercises or a routine.
Be sure that you are able to comply with your contract with the trainer. Most of all, talk with the trainer about making reasonable goals. While you may be focused on losing 30 pounds, your initial step could be to establish a regular exercise routine (such as 3-4 workouts each week) or learn to use free weights.
It is much easier to meet goals that are clear, specific, and reasonable. And, as you stick with the program you will reach your bigger goals.
Dr. Jacqui Lewis-Lyons is a Clinical Psychologist and a Life Coach who works with women and children around issues related to health and stress problems. She has over 2o years experience in the mental health field. Dr. Jacqui enjoys helping clients make their lives more positive and satisfying as they reach their goals. She is located in Columbus, Ohio. Her practice is Personal Wholeness Solutions, the website is http://www.PWSLifeCoach.com .