The following article is by Certified Personal Trainer Ellen Goren. Ellen has worked for the J nearly five years helping clients of all ages meet their fitness goals. Below is just a short recap of Ellen’s transformation to fitness and her dedication to working with others.
The other day I was training a client who said, “I never used to be able to lift the heavy bags of mulch into my car by myself before. Today I told the sales clerk, never mind, I’ll do it myself!” Those bags were 50 pounds each and no small feat to lift. This started me thinking about all the times we bemoan getting older by reminding ourselves about all the things we used to be able to do before we got “old.“ After all, I never even entered a gym until age 58 so the list was long. Now, at 71, I am in the best shape of my life and marvel at all the things I am now able to do that I was never able to do before.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could change our mindset? We are used to saying “I used to be able to fit into those pants” or “I used to be able to climb those stairs”. In this blog I would like to explore changing the dialogue. How would you like to be able to say “Before, I could never… but now I can”? When people ask me how I changed my mindset, I reply “small changes at a time.” If you try to build Rome in a day, you will certainly become discouraged and give up. What you want to do is encourage small successes that accumulate over time so that you can look back on your journey and feel a sense of accomplishment.
The first thing I did when I began to get fit was to hire a trainer I could trust to perform a fitness assessment in order to tell me what my particular areas of weakness were. This is essential, since no two people are alike and trainers know how to develop custom workouts based on a client’s unique abilities. A personal trainer will not only lead you and motivate you and hold you accountable but will also provide workouts you can do on your own and basic nutritional tips to help you with your fitness goals.