*As seen in the August 2011 issue of New York Family magazine.
As parents, we usually find ourselves doing things for others, mainly our children. But when selecting a personal trainer, it's important to put yourself first. Here are some quick tips on what to keep in mind when considering a fitness trainer.
1. Looking and feeling great are the ultimate goals most want to achieve through exercise. Following those, you'll find that setting a good example for kids is another reason to get in shape. Whatever the reason, a certified personal trainer can help you jumpstart the process.
2. If you're preparing to invest time and money in personal training, make sure you're ready to commit, admit, and submit. You have to be willing to listen to and follow the directions of another person, which is sometimes the hardest part of training. Remember, you are hiring a professional who knows what is best for you.
3. Employing the services of a personal trainer produces benefits from the gym floor to the playroom floor. At the gym, your personal trainer will work with you to create a customized workout plan that will help you exercise more efficiently. Your newfound strength and energy will trickle down to other aspects of your life. Family time may become more active and interactive.
4. If you are a stay-at-home parent, currently homebound with a newborn, or if time is at a premium, a fitness professional will come right to your home. A lot of exercises can be performed in your own living room.
5. When planning your family budget, consider setting aside some of the "recreational" funds for a fitness stint. For the same price as your child's semester of gymnastics, you can schedule some sessions with a personal trainer. Aim to have her create a customized workout plan that she can teach you to perform on your own.