Should arm ‘curling’ be followed by you ‘hurling?’
By Rosemary Hecht
Dear Fannie Fit,
My guilt has gotten the better of me and I realize I need to start an exercise program. The problem is, I haven't a clue how to start or what to do. I thought about hiring a personal trainer but soon found the idea making my stomach a little upset. Let me explain.
I have vivid memories of our high school coach taking the team through exercise routines that frequently resulted in many of us "up-chucking" the remains of our stomach contents. Back then, that was considered a good workout so no one dared to question or complain.
If I work with a trainer, should I expect the same type of drill sergeant push? Frankly, I don't have the "stomach" for that type of routine because I am now …
Older and Softer.
Dear Older and Softer,
Relax: Eercising till you vomit is no longer considered a good workout. Besides, the fitness centers have strict cleanliness rules!
A knowledgeable trainer will begin by doing a complete assessment of your current physical condition along with gathering your medical history. You will then be asked what your physical goals are and when you would like to obtain them. Armed with that information, your trainer will know how to design a safe and effective exercise program along with reasonable time frames for achievement.
A good trainer should act as your partner, not your commander. You should expect your exercise exertion levels to be more challenging than "easy," but not make you "queasy!" In addition, a personal trainer knows how to read your body language as you perform your exercises, enabling them to know when your muscles are beginning to fatigue before you do! This way, arm "curling" won't be followed by you "hurling!"
You and your trainer will decide together when it is time to progress your workouts and re-challenge your body. If you truly are older and softer, then all the more reason to hire a skilled trainer who can ensure you will not place yourself in injurious situations. Believe it or not, you can start safe exercise at any age or fitness level.
Enjoy your journey to new health and wellness,