Are you “fit”?

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Are you “fit”?

Fitness is an evolving science and study. It has come a long way from even 10 years ago. If you ask a 60 to 70 year old what a personal trainer is, they will probably describe to you something along the lines of a football or basketball coach. If you ask a 50 to 60 year old the same question, they will probably describe to you something along the lines of a large, male, bodybuilder that drinks protein shakes 10 times a day. If you ask a 40-50 year old the same question, you will probably get a description of “Crossfit”, “P90X”, or “The Biggest Loser”. As you can see, fitness is constantly evolving as well as the perspective on fitness.

So what is fitness? And what exactly is a personal trainer? Why are these important?

Interestingly, if you look up the true definition of “fitness”, you will get a scientific explanation that flirts with the idea of “survival”. Being fit is about living life in quality. It is the pursuit of consciously working towards and earning a body (inside & out) that is able to function maximally over its lifespan. This may sound very scientific and Darwin-like, but emotionally, mentally, spiritually, & physically, fitness is also a way of choosing to step up to the plate and take an active role in being the best version of yourself possible.

A personal trainer is a fitness professional that guides you towards your fitness goals efficiently and safely. A qualified fitness professional is able to offer 100% guidance on cardiovascular health, flexibility, strength, nutrition, and motivational components of a healthy lifestyle and fitness program.

Today, superior personal trainers have a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine or Kinesiology and they have at least one nationally accredited certification. They are highly educated and spend years learning about the human body and staying up to date on current research to better the clients’ experience. With the evolution of fitness and its current trend, not many people understand that it is becoming more of a priority in preventive care and pre-medicine/post-medicine. Fitness professionals are becoming educated and respected to the level of physical therapists, chiropractors, and doctors.

Fitness professionals are available to you at most gyms and some clinics. When shopping for one, be sure you are offered a “free” consultation. This is where you will interview your trainer and they can get to know you and your specific fitness goals. It’s a great opportunity to learn a little about what you need and if you can benefit from some professional guidance. Be apart of the fitness revolution!

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