March / April 2016
By YMCA Staff
The New Year is officially underway! Around this time of the year, people start letting their resolutions slip and working out and eating healthy becomes less and less of a priority. Let’s make this year different?
According to David Stensel, an exercise physiologist at the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences at Loughborough University in Leicestershire, England, studies show exercising encourages people to crave healthier and more natural foods instead of those loaded with sugar.
So, how will you find the inspiration to go to the gym regularly, get into the right mindset, improve your sleep patterns and set yourself up on a healthy eating streak that will actually last? You could start by signing up for a personal trainer at your local Y.
“The Y’s personal training mission is to guide members in reaching and exceeding their goals,” said Robyn Ford, Personal Trainer at the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA.
Signing up for classes and promising yourself that you will go regularly is a great start, but it’s even more motivating to know someone is at the gym waiting for you and you paid for time with them.
“A lot of times, I think people believe personal training is only for those with a lot of extra money, but it’s not,” said Collette Cosby, the Association Director of Personal Fitness for the YMCA of Greater Houston. “You don’t say ‘I’m never going to the dentist.’ So why not make the investment three to four times a year?”
Personal training at the Y allows clients to learn a new routine to strengthen muscles they normally wouldn’t target.
“Varying your workout routine is important because it will prevent your body from becoming complacent, and it will help your body get over the plateau,” said Ford.
It also helps you overcome the intimidation of the weight room. Some people are doing the same workout routine they learned when they were in school. Mastering new exercises and seeing the physical changes in your body increases your confidence.
The Y’s personal trainers are highly qualified. They are required to have a certification from a nationally accredited organization and renew their training with 30-40 hours of re-education every three years. “Our personal trainers are constantly getting better and increasing their game,” said Cosby.
“I want my clients to know I am human and have issues just like everyone else,” said Jenny Clymer, Personal Trainer at the Weekley Family YMCA. “I try to teach skills that have helped me along the way of my own personal fitness journey.”
By learning things like variety and proper form, you will see improvements across multiple areas of your life.
“When you add exercise into your everyday life you can start to see results almost instantly,” said Clymer. “I am not just talking about your appearance. You will want to eat better. Your sleep patterns will improve. Your awareness of overall body positions and posture will improve.”
In the wise words of Thomas Edison, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but instead will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” So go sign up for a personal trainer. Doctor’s orders.