• Could an Exercise Coach Make a Difference in Your Routine?

    Could an Exercise Coach Make a Difference in Your Routine?

Not everyone opts for an exercise coach but — interestingly — if you’re a senior, your demographic is the fastest-growing group to embrace them. Whether or not you’ve been focused on fitness throughout your life, it becomes important if you’re experiencing reduced flexibility,  strength, or joint use. As you age and your body changes, so too may the need for your workout routine to change.

Having someone coach and support you may be just the thing you need to stay strong and well. 

4 Things an Exercise Coach Can Do For You

1. Hold You Accountable and Motivated

For some people, staying motivated to workout is the most difficult part of exercising. You probably know people who work out with a friend to keep each other going. Sometimes this works, but not always because you’re both relying upon the other person to help you stay motivated.  

The reason you would hire an exercise coach is to ensure you stay on track with your workouts. You’re paying for them to do a job, and they will do it. You may become friends with your coach, but first and foremost they are your coach. 

In addition to motivating you, a coach will hold you accountable. A good coach will push you harder than you would yourself, yet they’ll know when to stop to prevent pain or injury. 

2. Provide Expertise

Your exercise coach is a trained professional, so they know what you need to do to target the muscles you want to work. They will teach you proper body posture and can pinpoint changes that need to be made to maximize your workout. 

A good coach can also reduce your risk of injury. You may have been performing a movement for years and discover that there’s a minor mistake you are making that’s been causing pain in another area of your body. The objective evaluation from your exercise coach will keep you on track and safely progressing at a rate you’re comfortable with. 

3. Develop an Individualized Workout Plan 

You’re unique and your physical capabilities are too. An exercise coach will spend time evaluating what you can do and listening to what you want to be able to do. 

You’ll get a customized workout plan based on your strengths, weaknesses, and your goals. They may incorporate cardio, strength training, stretching or whatever else will help you achieve the results you’re looking for. 

4. Establish and Reach Goals 

The aging process can reduce your confidence especially if you’ve had changes to your body or new areas of pain that didn’t previously exist. So setting exercise goals is sometimes difficult when you aren’t sure how you’ll be feeling or if you’ll increase the pain or discomfort by working out. 

Your exercise coach will not only set realistic goals with you but will acknowledge the progress that you yourself may not even realize. Oftentimes success is slow and steady and having someone note it for you helps keep you motivated. You may not readily see your achievements but your coach will. 

Hiring an Exercise Coach

If you decide to hire an exercise coach, it’s important to interview them to be sure there’s a good working relationship between the two of you. Consider selecting someone who has expertise in older adult fitness. 

The fitness & wellness center at Twin Towers, The Connection, is where you’ll find expertly trained teams creating workout routines and exercises that are specifically designed for those aged 50+. For more information contact us online or give us a call at 513-853-2000.

To learn everything you need to know about aging well in general, check out our free A to Z Guide.