A lot has been said about the “risk of being overweight”. In fact, there are over 2 million search results for the same phrase. Women who are overweight are more likely to contract heart-related diseases compared to healthy individuals.
Excess weight does not just affect your physical appearance; it also has a deep psychological and social impact. According to a 2010 study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, obese individuals are 55% more likely to develop depression compared to persons with normal weight.
According to Obesity Society, there is a pervading bias against overweight people. Employers tend to bypass applicants who are overweight as their physical feature is often equated to negative traits like laziness, incompetence, and lack of self-discipline among others. In school, obese girls are often subjected to ridicule and bullying.
In spite of the overwhelming arguments against obesity, the problem of being overweight has risen over the years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted a striking increase in obesity cases for the past 20 years. According to their latest data, 35% of adult women and men in the US are obese and 17% of children between two to nineteen years old are in the same health dilemma.
Battling the Bulge
There is no doubt that poor eating habits have a lot to do with being overweight. But there is more to being obese than just the food you eat. The problem of obesity encompasses a person’s lifestyle and eating the right kind of food is not the only solution.
You may choose to eat only healthy food, but this will not immediately equate to being healthy. You must also be able to shed off unwanted fats stored in your body by exerting physical effort through exercise.
You may come up with an exercise plan on your own, which is very commendable; however, without discouraging you, doing this on your own can lead to inefficiencies and worse, injury. After being overweight for so long and after being ridiculed that you are a good-for-nothing, embarking on a physical quest to being healthy may turn out to be a losing battle. It is at this stage that you need a companion, a real partner, to help you win your battle against the bulge.
Your Health Companion
You can ask a girlfriend or a family member to accompany you in your quest to losing excess pounds and being healthy. A solid personal support is very important if you are really serious about turning the health tide in your favor. In this regard, you will need a personal trainer who will always be there for you.
A personal trainer is more than just a gym rat who will guide you through your exercise routines (which is a common misconception about these health buffs). Here are some compelling reasons why hiring a personal trainer will work to your advantage:
1. Set the Right Direction
You know you need to exercise, but do you know which exercises will provide you with the best results? A personal trainer can help you come up with an exercise regimen that is specifically-design for your needs and physical capability. If don’t see any positive results from your own exercise routines, a personal trainer can dissect your regimen and recommend solutions. A personal trainer can also work closely with your physician if you have special medical needs. A consultation between these two professionals can result to a better exercise routine that takes into consideration your medical needs.
2. Do the Routines the Right Way
It is easy to just access the internet to watch fitness routines and follow them. The problem is that there’s no one there to tell you that you’re doing it wrong. A personal trainer can observe your form during exercises, assist you while you lift those weights, and direct you on the right path of progression.
3. Push You Beyond Your Limits
A friend or a family member can be there with you when you feel frustrated and desperate about your weight problem. They can offer you a shoulder to cry on and provide you encouragement. But that’s as far as it will go. A personal trainer will look you in the eye and tell you to continue. You may even come to a point where you will hate your trainer for pushing you too hard, but you know deep inside you that you need that extra push.
Choosing the Appropriate Personal Trainer
You can just enter a gym and pick the first available trainer around, but it would be best if your selection process is more than just pointing your finger. So here are some screening processes that you can do:
1. Ask for references. Talk with people in the gym and ask them of their personal experiences with their personal trainers. Go past the comments like “Oh, he’s so cute” or “He has such a sweet voice” and focus on what he really can do as a personal trainer.
2. Judge the Book by Its Cover. You don’t need bulging muscles as much as you need a bulging stomach. How a personal trainer physically looks speaks volumes of themselves and what he or she can do for you.
3. Get Up Close and Personal. After you have gathered enough information, personally talk with the trainer. Ask them about their training philosophy and get a general idea of how they can help you. This is important because the success of your collaboration will depend on what he can provide you and what you are willing to do. It is also during this time that you can ask them about their personal trainer certification (if you haven’t done yet). Make sure that the certification comes from a legitimate institution and not just a bargain-type internet cert.
4. Find a specialized gym who only provide personal training services. These gyms are typically called private personal training studios, gyms or clubs. Although more rare than standard gyms, you can find one in your city. My friend had a great experience at one when he found the perfect personal trainer in Orange County at a private studio and he recommended them to his friends as well.
So if you are tired about getting ridiculed and you don’t want to be another obesity statistic, eat the right kind of food and exercise consistently with the help of a personal trainer. Your weight is not a problem, it is just another obstacle that you can hurdle if you put your mind and spirit into it!