If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, personal training may be just what you’re missing!
1. Do you have trouble sleeping at night?
Who doesn’t want to fall asleep faster or get to a deeper sleep? 30-45 minutes of moderate-intense exercise on a daily or near daily basis will help deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. When your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily chores and exhaust that energy, improving your mental health, physical health and your sleep. (win-win-winning)
2. Do you like feeling happy or wish you could feel happier more often?
After just one exercise session, you will feel awesome. Immediately. Intensely. Unequivocally. Maybe you just want to blow off some steam. Study after study confirms the direct relationship between exercise and an increase in feel-good hormones, which can also help manage depression. (Even in the 1800s, Henry David Thoreau knew what was up, “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day,” ….. both science and a great American poet agree: We cannot be our happiest without exercise!)
4. Do you want to improve your health, genuinely feel better and boost your confidence?
Being stronger, leaner, happier, and more capable can make for a better life. Plus, it can help decrease your risk of heart disease. Your boss needs you to lift that heavy box? Yes, ma’am, you can. Your neighbor needs help rearranging furniture? Damn right, buddy, you’ll move that couch. Your friend needs to be carried home from the bar? Saddle up, cowboy. The more you reinforce hard work with a positive outcome, the more you think of yourself as a winner. And a healthy winner at that. If we get good at winning at exercise, we can be good at winning anything.
3. Are you forgetful from time to time? (that you can remember)
Physical exercise helps your brain stay sharp. In case you already forgot, exercise increases oxygen to your brain and reduces the risk for disorders that lead to memory loss, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Exercise also enhances the effects of helpful brain chemicals and reduces stress hormones. Not to get too serious, but it also plays an important role in neuroplasticity by boosting growth factors and stimulating new neuronal connections. In general, anything that is good for your heart is great for your brain.
5. Do you even care about your friends/family?
The people closest to you rely on your love, energy, and compassion. Mismanaging your body is a disservice to them. Taking care of your relationship with yourself is the first step toward taking care of your relationship with others. Making time for exercise isn’t selfish. It’s an act of generosity. The people around you deserve your best. The best version of you is a version that’s physically and mentally strong.
6. Do you just want to feel sexy? Of course you do!
Find me someone who wants to work out just to feel better— generally we want to look better too. Looking better is a perfectly fine reason to work out—and it’s a strong motivator. It’s even better if coupled with one of the other five reasons above.