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Why You Don't Necessarily Need a Personal Trainer

By Genevieve Cunningham

Hiring a personal trainer can be a great idea. Trainers are full of knowledge and energy. They're necessary to get fit, right? While they can certainly bring a lot of experience and ideas to the table, getting a personal trainer isn't an absolute must. In fact, you don't necessarily need one to improve your health and fitness. To get a little peace of mind on the subject, take a look at these reasons why skipping the trainer is completely OK.

The Internet is a Resource Heaven

Years ago, a trainer was like a walking workout library. They were a wealth of knowledge, providing you with tons of exercises to help you meet your goals. Now? While the trainers still have a ton of information, you can usually find what you need by simply browsing the internet. Now the information is literally at your fingertips. So if you think you need a trainer because of a lack of information, turn on your laptop and do a little research. Chances are good you’ll find everything you need.

Personal Trainers Motivate

One of the things that you can expect from a personal trainer is motivation. Sometimes a trainer can help you get your rear in gear. They can push you when you don't think you can do one more rep. But if you can find even a little bit of intrinsic motivation, then you may be able to do this for yourself. Or if you have a friend who can push you, then a trainer’s words may be unnecessary. Finding motivation is hard, and it's truly a good reason to hire a trainer. But if you have any of your own motivation, and a bit of willpower, then you may be able to do without.

A Nutrition Specialist Might Be Better

A trainer costs money, and for good reason. They're helpful and knowledgeable. But if you're going to spend money, it might be better to hire someone to help you with nutrition. Managing your diet is the harder part of losing weight and getting fit. While some trainers may help with nutrition, many stick to the exercise side of getting healthy. If you're really looking to get as healthy as possible, spending money on nutrition is probably the better choice.

Should you hire a personal trainer? There's certainly nothing wrong with it. They can be incredibly beneficial in your journey. But if you're using the lack of a trainer as an excuse, it's time to stop. Though helpful, you don't absolutely have to hire one to get fit. Get serious about and dedicated to your efforts, and you can get your dream body, trainer or not.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Mo.

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