People seek out personal trainers for a number of different reasons. Some are looking to increase their mobility and stability, increase their strength, prepare themselves for an upcoming trip, or, the obvious and most popular reason, to lose weight. Working with a trainer provides much more structure and accountability towards success compared to just joining a gym where it is up to the member to figure out the best structure for success and to be accountable to themselves. Whether you choose the help of a trainer or just a gym membership it is important to remember that there are a number of hours in a day/week/month where the rest of your lifestyle choices play in to how much success you get out of working with your trainer or using your gym membership. Regardless, exercise is still a super important task to make make part of your daily life!

A few things to consider on your journey to becoming a regular exerciser........

Set reasonable goals for yourself: When goals are too lofty and expectations aren't met, about 50% of exercisers who are new to fitness end up calling it quits almost before they've even begun. Get small successes and feel great exercising a few days per week for 20-30 minutes as opposed to expecting yourself to workout 60 minutes per day 7 days per week!

Keep yourself motivated to keep exercising with a few of the endless benefits......

Older women who do cardio exercise are able to recall and remember more than sedentary individuals. Next time you misplace your keys or your glasses, go for a walk! A brisk forty minute walk twice a week is all it takes to start noticing improvements.

Exercise helps you live longer; a study at the National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan found that exercising fifteen minutes a day will give you an extra three years of life. Exercising thirty minutes a day helps you to live four years longer than fellow couch potatoes. Cancer rates decrease by 10% and heart disease decreases by 20%. If you don't want to exercise to lose weight, exercise to add years to your life.

Is work stressing you out or are you having a bad day? Get some movement or gym time in! When you exercise your brain releases the chemicals serotonin and norepinephrine which reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. By not placing stress on their body with exercise, people who are less active have a harder time dealing with stress in everyday life.

Next time you're in the middle of a sweat session and questioning why you willing subject yourself to such discomfort, think about the internal benefits that you can't see in the mirror. Adding extra years to your life, decreasing your stress levels, and improving your memory are just a few extra reasons you may not have thought of to exercise. What's your reason?

To your health & fitness!

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