If you swear this is the year you will lose weight and get in better shape you have picked the number one New Years Resolution. The health guru's will tell you getting to the gym can't be a resolution; it has to be way of life you are committed to. Nancy Naeve Brown found out from one Sioux Falls woman it helps to have a personal trainer.
Carol Brown has enlisted the help of personal trainers for as long as she's been a member at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center and that's been since the doors opened. She started working with Glenda Baker in the pool after a herniated disc in her back literally stopped her in her tracks with pain. She didn't want to lose muscle strength because of her injury so she teamed up with Glenda and water resistance. Both have made a huge difference in her health and her life.
Carol says, "They also focus on what your health need is but also they are a motivator and supporter and I just find it is easier to work with someone else. I'm more apt to do something if I work with somebody else."
Avera Personal Trainer Glenda Baker says, "Number one you have to make a commitment and it's an appointment and they are going to help you get here."
One of the hardest parts of working out is just getting through the doors of the fitness center. A personal trainer holds you accountable.
Glenda says, "The other thing is the education, the motivation. They're going to do everything they can to make sure you are going to succeed at what ever goals you have set and make sure you don't get hurt."
That was definitely a concern for carol since she was already hurt and didn't want to re-aggravate her aching back. Glenda started slowly with range of motion and then worked in the buoys for more resistance, core and leg strengthening. Would you have ever guessed Carol is scared to death of water?
Carol says, "I've overcome that fear."
Glenda says, "We are watching their posture and balance so they can help you something you might not even be aware of like Carol had a bad back she may have been favoring one side over the other. What we do is look at range of motion, strengthen the weaker side and helping keep the other side strong and back in balance."
Carol says she definitely feels balanced. She says that's part of being well. She resolved a long time ago to stay committed to working out and she's thankful her personal trainers help keep her head above water to stay on top of her goals.
Carol's back is doing so well she was able to take two long trips to foreign countries. Something she wouldn't have been able to do without her water workout.
The Avera McKennan Fitness Center Saturday January 14th from 11:00 to 2:00
*Tips from the pros on how to maximize your workout in the new year
Call (605) 322-5300 for more information or visit www.averamckennanfitness.org