Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Do You Need a Personal Trainer?

6 Reasons a trainer may be right for you.
Personal trainers aren't for everyone, but a trainer provides certain benefits that you can't find when working out on your own. Here are ten reasons a personal trainer may be right for you.

1.) Motivation
One of the main reasons people benefit from a personal trainer is that they loss motivation to stick with a consistent exercise program. Certified personal trainers can provide structure and accountability, and help you develop a lifestyle that encourages health.

2.) Individualized program
If you have any chronic health conditions, injuries or training goals (running a marathon, for example) a trainer will work with you and your health care provider to plan a safe, efficient program that considers these needs and enable you to reach your health goals.

3.) Efficiency
Personal Trainers help you focus on results and stop wasting your time doing inefficient workouts. A personal trainer has a plan and will help you get maximum results in minimum time.

4.) Improve technical skills
If you play a particular sport, the right personal trainer will help you improve your skill by
showing you new training techniques specific to your sport. The Trainer will incorporate skills training into your program so you improve not only your strength and endurance, but your agility and mental focus as well.

5.) Break through plateaus
Ok, you are already in pretty decent shape, but you've been there for years. If you are stuck in the same routine and want to break out of a rut, a personal trainer is the perfect solution. A trainer will jump start, not only your motivation, but your routine as well.

6.) Lose Weight
There is a good reason that the number one reason people hire personal trainers is to lose weight and get into shape -- it works. If you made a resolution to lose the fat and build the muscle, a trainer can keep you on track and help you realize that goal.

Before you hire a personal trainer you should make sure that they have the proper qualifications to tend to your needs or to achieve your goals.Make sure that you should feel comfortable with the trainer, his/her style of communication and the expectations of your time together.

Elizabeth Quinn

Meat eaters gain more weight over time

Roughly 66 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. A six-year British study showed that excessive meat consumption might be a contributing factor. Researchers examined the dietary patterns of 100,000 men and 270,000 women in countries across Europe. People who ate the most meat gained more weight during the study, even when controlling for caloric consumption.

Weight gain was proportional to the amount of meat consumed. People gained an additional 4 pounds for every 9-ounce increase in average daily meat consumption. This study did not support the popular idea that increasing protein intake promotes long-term weight control. Reducing meat consumption might help prevent weight gain.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 92:398-407, 2010

Question of the Week:
Q: What is VO2 max and why is it important?
A: If you increase the intensity of exercise, a number of things happen in your body. A rise occurs in heart rate, respiration, and oxygen intake, as well as in the activity levels of other parts of your oxygen delivery and utilization (aerobic) systems.
A point occurs, however, beyond which oxygen intake cannot increase, even though more work is being performed. At this point, you have reached a level that is commonly referred to as VO2 max or maximal oxygen uptake. VO2 max is considered to be the best single indicator of aerobic fitness, since it involves the optimal ability of three major systems (pulmonary, cardiovascular, and muscular) of your body to take in, transport, and utilize oxygen.
Thus, the higher your VO2 max, the greater your level of physical working capacity.

Bryant, Cedric

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