You might be surprised to learn that I’ve been working out with a personal trainer for nearly a year now.
I’m a pretty average 50-something woman; I’m not particularly buff, nor does my figure resemble any of the thinspiration you might have seen online!
But that’s not actually my goal in working with a PT.
Stay Active to Avoid Aches and Pains
I’ve come to a stage in life where I’ve realised this body is the only one I’ve got, and if I want it to serve me well the rest of my days, I need to look after it. “Use it or lose it” as the saying goes, and in my experience it’s been true. The less physically active I am, the stiffer, sorer, and older I feel.
Running my own business means that I spend loooonnggg hours in front of a computer, and I was constantly plagued by aches, pains and niggles.
Getting up from a position on the floor no longer came easily, and when grandchildren eventually come along, I want to be able to get down to their level and play with them!
Why Keeping Fit was a Problem
Keeping fit has always been a problem for me. I’ve never been particularly coordinated which means I’m not good at sports, and I’ve never found a form of exercise that I loved.
Like many women, I feel intimidated by the thought of entering a gym. I tried going for morning walks and while I didn’t hate it – especially if it meant listening to a favourite podcast along the way – I found that at the least disruption in my life I would all too quickly fall out of the habit.
If I wanted to stay active and healthy, I knew I needed help.
So I decided to invest in weekly sessions with a mobile personal trainer. The benefits aren’t just for me alone – they extend to those around me! Taking care of my own health and wellbeing, means that I am a better business owner, wife, mother, friend … well you get the idea.
The Exercise Mindset
I was always my own worst enemy when it came to fitness. The odd time I did exercise, I thought more was … well, MORE. And then I would beat myself up that I couldn’t fit in a 5 kilometre walk every day, so what was the point, why even bother?
I’ve now adjusted that perfectionist mindset, and recognise that any exercise is better than nothing. I’ll probably never run a marathon – but just going for a quick walk around the block a few times a week, enhances both my mental and physical wellbeing.
At first, we spent a lot of time working on my core strength, breathing and flexibility, to develop the muscles that support my body during those long hours at my desk.
We’ve delved into meditation and mindfulness, making healthier food choices, and practising better self-talk.
Workout wise, my PT introduced me to boxing as an excellent form of cardio. Nobody was more surprised than me when it seemed I had a natural aptitude for it! Boxing is something I would NEVER have thought to try on my own, and yet now I’m loving it.
Having the guidance of a personal trainer has meant that I’ve learned the correct way to perform certain movements for maximum benefit – and more importantly, to reduce the risk of injury.
However the biggest advantage by far is the fact that I will now keep active – instead of just thinking about it!
Janet Camilleri loves writing for the web. In addition to working as a copywriter, she also blogs as the, about learning to fashion a new life now that her kids are all grown up. No matter what she writes, or who she is writing for, Janet aims to amuse, inspire or inform – and sometimes, all three!