It’s that time of year when we wrack our brains, trying to think of the perfect gifts for those we love. And this year, giving seems to have taken on a deeper meaning. 2020 has made us stand up and take stock of the things that are truly important in life: our fellow human beings, our cherished family and friends, and our health — and their health. We all know the saying, “if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything,” and it’s never felt more true.
While gyms are doing everything they can to provide a safe environment for their members, going to the gym is not as carefree as it was pre-COVID. Many people aren’t comfortable working out at the gym, regardless of the safety measures that have been enforced. Working with a personal trainer outside of the gym is the perfect gift option either for yourself or for a loved one, COVID concerns or not. There are several options to choose from, depending on the individual trainer and the services he or she offers:
All three programs provide clients with highly effective workouts that will boost their fitness, provided the trainer has the credentials, experience, and approach that matches the client’s needs. To read more on how to choose a personal trainer, click here.
As many can attest to, there has been a sharp rise in anxiety and depression over the past year. This has caused an increase in sedentary behaviors, stress-related eating, and weight gain. Understandably, many people have lost the drive and motivation to take care of themselves during this unprecedented time. The lack of self-care only causes further mental and physical stress, however, making it all the more difficult to prioritize one’s health. The irony is that staying healthy is of paramount importance–at all times, of course, but especially while the Coronavirus still poses a significant threat. Hope is surely on the horizon, but it will be months before COVID-19 is safely behind us.
If you haven’t reviewed the CDC’s most updated lists of underlying medical conditions to be aware of with COVID-19, click Medical Conditions to view. Highlighted below are some of the more common of these from the CDC’s lists:
Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19: (Severe illness is defined as requiring hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death.)
Adults of any age with the following conditions may be at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:
You may find it surprising to learn how prevalent these conditions are to American adults:
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A cross-sectional analysis of NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) data found that more than 40% of U.S. adults with overweight and nearly 10% with obesity did not recognize they had a weight issue. This lack of insight is concerning because these conditions can increase the risk for many diseases, along with posing a greater COVID-related risk:
Had enough of the grim statistics? Let’s move on to an uplifting solution. Getting back to that holiday gift list, this is the perfect time for giving either yourself or someone you love the gift of fitness by training with a fitness professional! A nice perk of giving this to yourself is that you’ll also probably benefit someone close to you. Boosting your fitness level will aid you in achieving the best version of yourself–and your loved ones likely prefer when you are at your best because, um, it’s easier on them. ?
A qualified trainer will keep your workouts fun, challenging, and safe. At Optimal Personal Training, I incorporate a wide range of modalities into my clients’ workouts, each making a key contribution to their overall fitness and always tailored to their goals and skill level: dynamic movement, flexibility, core and balance work, sports-specific training, cardiovascular exercises and strength training (also known as resistance or weight training). To read more about the programs I offer, click here. But before you read on, allow me to dispel a common myth. Most people have long been aware of the benefits of cardiovascular exercise, but many think that if they’re not aiming for bulging biceps or six-pack abs, working with weights or other forms of strength training is of no use to them. This is point-blank false. Take a look at the list below. I’ll bet you’ll be surprised!
So, as you’re pondering that special gift for mom, dad, your spouse, or even for yourself, I hope you’ll keep health and well-being at the top of your list and consider giving the gift of fitness. It is undeniably one of the top three factors that optimize health, along with good nutrition and stress management, which fitness tends to go hand-in-hand with. Because let’s face it, when you have your health, you have everything.
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