The best exercise “gadget”

“We can’t be expert in everything . . . but we can seek the expertise of others to go beyond where we are capable of taking ourselves.” Lori Arnold

Today I challenge you to really think outside the hypothetical box of fitness: the expensive personal training sessions, the in-home DVDs, the classes and machines at the gym, and instead approach fitness in a similar way you would other areas of your life. For example, if you are sick, you seek the expertise of doctor to diagnose your ailment & get you back on your feet. Spiders creeping around on your ceiling? A critter company might in order. Need help ensuring your financials will enable your retirement hopes? Perhaps you seek the expertise of a financial advisor. See a pattern?

The best investment you can make with regard to your fitness, and resulting health is expertise. Make sure every second you dedicate to nutrition & exercise count! Here’s the kicker – it doesn’t have to mean hundreds of dollars for ongoing weekly sessions with a personal trainer as many people think. Sure, if you have the means to pay for a credentialed trainer to give you a killer workout and hold you accountable ongoing, you’ll get phenomenal results. Most of us don’t have that kind of money.  What you can invest in is the expertise of a personal trainer or nutritionist to ensure you get the maximum benefit of the time you dedicate to fitness. Here’s where you may need to think outside the box.

Most personal trainers are very knowledgeable in the areas of exercise science, anatomy, physiology, energy systems, metabolic effects, etc. Most also have a true passion for helping people live healthier and will go beyond the call of duty to help those open to it. (And I don’t know anyone who isn’t interested in making a little extra cash). So, while many personal trainers or studios may not advertise consulting or programming services, ask them. A quality, credentialed personal trainer would be able to sit down with you, review your goals, lifestyle, starting point, likes/dislikes, exercise & medical history, etc., conduct a simple assessment to identify muscle imbalances and opportunity areas, and then teach you how to maximize your nutrition and exercise regimen. If they don’t offer such services, perhaps they are not the service provider for you. Find another.

Unlike jumping on an elliptical or treadmill, joining a class, doing an in-home DVD, or following the latest diet trend without a real plan, the guidance would be personalized for you. Better yet, you would receive a holistic view on how to reach your goals vs. the often piecemeal information we get from sporadic media on the topic. In just a few consulting sessions, you would be armed with irreplaceable knowledge on how to maximize the precious time you spend on your fitness. If you wanted to take it to the next level, you could ask for a research-based, progressive exercise program. Here, you would get the benefit of personalized workouts that change every 4 weeks to have you ever-improving, for a fraction of the cost of 1×1 training sessions.

Of course if your health & fitness is priority #1, and you want to invest in training sessions, you’ll get all the benefits of a research-based, customized, progressive program, along with the accountability & motivation to really blow your new-year resolutions out of the water. But if that’s not your reality, think about seeking a fitness consulting session or two. It’ll be the best “gadget” you ever invested in.

I love you. Thank you for taking care of yourselves!

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