Schneck Medical Center

SUM 2015

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3 1 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m S U M M E R 2 015 S P I R I T O F W O M E N SHUTTERSTOCK spend the time to find the right primary care physician, you should spend the time to find the personal trainer who you trust and who will work with you to achieve your goals." Ask your friends and family for suggestions too. Your local park district, gym or hospital also may have leads on personal trainers, even if these institutions don't offer training services directly. And hospital rehabilitation clinics may have resources to help keep you healthy. EXPERIENCE COUNTS When you've found some likely prospects, start by checking out their credentials. Once you have established that a trainer has been certified by ACE, NASM, NSCA or another reputable organization, you can feel confident that his or her skills are being updated on an ongoing basis and that he or she has had "education in various formats: classroom, practical and online in fitness, nutrition and general health," says Dr. Morris. Some certified strength and conditioning coaches and professionals have athletic training backgrounds as well, explains Dr. Lucas, so it's crucial to talk to the trainer about your fitness goals and how they gel with the trainer's professional philosophy. "You'll notice a lot of times at the YMCA or other fitness centers that they will post photos and biographies of their personal trainers so you can find one whose interests match your goals," he says. "You want someone who knows it is not just how many reps you do or how much weight you lift, but what is right for you to get you in good physical health," says Dr. Peter J. Senatore Jr., a colon and rectal surgeon with Inspira Medical Center Vineland in Vineland, N.J. "You want someone who knows your limitations and can help you get and stay on the right track." If a trainer mentions he's into marathons and distance running, for example, and you're planning to train for sprints, it's OK to keep looking for someone who specializes in your interests. In the best scenario, you'll be spending a lot of time with your trainer, and you want someone with whom you'll be able to have a good professional relationship. But the most important thing, says Dr. Lucas, is to get going today: "Anytime is right to look into the benefits of exercise," he says. • E ven when you know all of the million and one reasons that exercise is important, it can still be hard to drag yourself off the couch on a regular basis. That's where a personal trainer can come in handy, to help you get motivated and stay motivated to exercise—and it won't necessarily cost you an arm and a leg, although you may end up with less of some other body parts. The number of personal trainers in the United States is projected to increase 24 percent by the year 2020, with new professionals being certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and other accrediting groups on an ongoing basis. In addition, many community gyms, park districts and hospitals now offer some one-on-one training. And in some cases, your health insurance may help defray some of the cost. MOTIVATING FACTORS A trainer can help with accountability and motivation (not to mention checking your form and spotting you as you work out), says Dr. Brian F. Morris, a sports medicine physician who is affiliated with Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health in Lafayette, Ind. "Unlike a simple gym membership where no one will call you if you missed a workout, you should expect your personal trainer to do just that," he says. "If you are new to working out, a personal trainer can help you navigate the gym and demystify machines," explains Dr. John Lucas, a sports medicine physician affiliated with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg, S.C. "If you have a health condition or ailment that you are worried may affect your workouts, a personal trainer can help keep you safe." As with any new exercise program or physical activity, of course, always check with your healthcare professional before you get started. FINDING POTENTIAL CANDIDATES Just as it's important to ask questions when you hire an accountant or an attorney, it's equally important to do some research to find the right trainer for your fitness levels, your goals, your personality and yes, your budget. "Do not put a price on your own health—don't just choose a trainer based on price," cautions Joshua Gustafson, director of community health at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial in Fremont, Mich. "Just like you 3 tips 1. Ask family and friends for recommendations. 2. Look for certifcation by a reputable organization. 3. Make sure your ftness goals and the trainer's personal philosophy are compatible. for selecting the right personal trainer

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