The first question I have for potential clients I encounter seeking a personal trainer is,”what will you be training for?” This is not an attack on personal trainers by any means, but given a choice, and armed with objective information, most people would not be seeking a personal trainer over say, a health coach. A trainer is just that, someone who trains you toward an athletic goal. So, if your goal is to improve your athletic performance in a competitive sport, then have at it, and stop reading this article.
WAIT!!! Before you quit reading, there’s a small caveat. If athletic performance is more important to you than longevity and health, then go ahead and stop reading. Health and longevity should be, and actually IS the goal of most people who sometimes mistakenly believe they need a trainer to begin a program of healthy living. Think about that a second; for 90% of respondents, the goal is weight loss, which is a by-product of hormonal balance - more commonly know as “health”.
The way to Approach Living Longer and Healthier
Your health coach in contrast to the personal trainer, is someone who has the privilege of working with an interrelated physiological system of homeostatic magic; a.k.a. “Good Health”. Good health is more important than athletic performance for most people, right?
Of course we’re not speaking of the professional athlete in cycling, stick & ball, or combat sports. These folks are in the business of pushing their collective physiologies to the limit in an effort to gain an edge on competitors. While studies show elite athletes live 2 - 5 years longer on average than non-athletes, probably because of cardio-vascular conditioning, one huge factor should be taken into account. These studies leave out TRUE healthy longevity.
Only one pro athlete in American history has yet to live to be 100 years old. Most people want to live for as long as possible - ask any octogenarian. Ask the great Don McNealy who ran 744 marathons beginning at age 50, but just died at age 96 not quite making it. Training no doubt extended his life but I’ll bet when asked during his lifetime, Don wanted to live to be 120 years old.
The point here is that given the chance, we all want to live healthier and longer lives. Find a coach that will teach you strategies for health and longevity, not malintegrative muscle exercises, and hour long cardio routines (see Three Elements for 10x Holistic Health, Fitness and Weight Loss for the alternative: http://nochaos.guru/blog/three-elements-for-10x-holistic-health-fitness-and-weight-loss).
I have a plan that can teach anyone to get started on the road to health and longevity. Then the real work begins, but it’s up to the individual to choose.
My Healthy workout plan: http://nochaos.guru/strategy-services.html
744 times marathoner runner dead at 96: