You may have never stepped in a gym in your life, but if you’re a senior citizen, now is the time to start some form of resistance training. Luckily, you don’t have to do it alone. Actually, if you’ve never been in a gym – or if it’s just been a very long time – you shouldn’t try it alone. Here are three reasons senior citizens need a personal trainer
1. A personal trainer can safely accommodate for any physical considerations – without sacrificing benefits.
Let’s face it – as we get older, we’re more likely to have a few physical limitations. Whether it’s a bad back, arthritis, limited mobility, bum knees, whatever, that’s just part and parcel of aging.
But the good news is that resistance training can help, and the right personal trainer will help you work around your bad back or weak wrists so that you can enjoy the benefits of strength training:
- Weight-bearing exercises can help protect against osteoporosis by increasing bone mass and density.
- A sensible strength training routine can reduce the pain of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Strength training will increase low back strength, which helps alleviate pain in that area.
The catch, of course, is finding someone who’s qualified to train you safely and effectively. These days, it’s easy to get a personal training certificate after a weekend seminar, so be sure to do your homework when you’re looking for a personal trainer.
2. A personal trainer is results-oriented.
The right personal trainer should be motivated by results – and that’s important, because Baby Boomers are just as results-oriented. Of course they are – they want to stay active as long as they can.
Many seniors enjoy the benefits of retirement, which means more time to establish a consistent fitness routine. When you pair a personal trainer and a client who are both focused on measureable results, you have a recipe for real success.
3. Working with a personal trainer will improve your quality of life.
Regular resistance training will pay off in so many ways, and that’s particularly true for seniors. It’s rewarding to see progress with any client, and it’s even more rewarding when that progress means an improved quality of life.
The ability to keep up with grandkids, enjoy walks in the park, stay energetic and motivated – these are all perks of regular strength training. Plus, there’s the benefit of increased serotonin, the “feel good” hormone.
The beauty of personal training senior citizens is that’s a really rewarding partnership. As the client, senior citizens enjoy benefits like increased mobility and functional strength, and trainers get the satisfaction of making a difference in someone’s day-to-day life.
If you’re a senior struggling with chronic pain, low energy or other conditions you’re chalking up to “old age,” consider speaking with your doctor about hiring a personal trainer.
Strength training could be just what you need to fight the loss of muscle mass and strength. If you have questions about our Reno personal training program, and how our trainers work with senior citizens right here at our by-appointment studio on Lakeside Drive, we’re happy to help. Contact us today.