Sample Article – Benefits of exercise and why you should consider hiring a personal trainer

Please find below a sample blog post written for a personal trainer website:-

Exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses (including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer) by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by as much as 30%. In addition, it’s free, easy, has an immediate effect on your health and you don’t need a doctor to do it. Exercise is in fact, the miracle cure that we’ve all been waiting for, according to Dr Nick Cavill “If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented”!

For adults to stay healthy they should try to be active daily and at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week is recommended, such as cycling or fast walking. Alternatively, if pushed for time, you can do 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity instead of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, or even do a mix of both. In addition strength training should be done on two or more days a week to work all the major muscles of the body.

Exercise has such powerful and positive effects on our health that it should indeed be available on prescription! The scientific evidence is robust and comprehensive – being physically active can help you lead a healthier and likely happier life. Those who regularly exercise have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, plus physical activity has also been shown to boost self-esteem, sleep quality and even energy.

Some of the many known health benefits include:-

  • a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • a 30% lower risk of depression
  • a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • a 30% lower risk of dementia
  • a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
  • n 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
  • a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
  • a 30% lower risk of early death

People are much less active nowadays, partly because technology has made every part of our lives much easier. We drive cars or take public transport instead of walking or cycling, we have machines to wash our clothes, then we spend hours every day in front of a TV or computer screen. Fewer people are doing manual work and in general, our lives are far less physically demanding than they would have been for previous generations. Many adults spend over seven hours per day sitting down and this inactivity has been described by the Department of Health as the modern silent killer. new research suggests that sedentary behaviour is really bad for your health. So in addition to raising activity levels, you should also reduce the amount of time you spend sitting down.

Most of us really need to seriously think about increasing the types of activities that can fit in with our lifestyle and reduce the time sitting or lying down. But that is just the bare minimum, we still need to strength train twice per week to achieve a good level of health & fitness while reducing the risks of early death and the common 21st Century diseases such as cancer and heart attacks.

The problem is that it’s easy to become complacent about our own health & fitness, especially when taking our busy lifestyle and all the other demands placed on our time – it’s hardly surprising that many people find motivating themselves to exercise to be really difficult, in fact near impossible at times! But engaging the services of a Personal Trainer is not as expensive as you may think, a Personal Trainer is no longer a luxury for the wealthy and they can make a real difference to long term health, effecting a dramatic change in a relatively short timescale.

An experienced and qualified personal trainers will assess your current level of fitness and then design an individually tailored fitness regime based on your personal goals. They can then help you to achieve those goals quickly and safely. A good instructor will help to motivate and encourage you along the way, keeping the training fun and challenging while achieving your goals.

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