In reflecting upon my 14 years as a personal trainer, the most significant memories are those about people sharing their stories with me. I am always humbled when people invite me into the most vulnerable areas of their lives. And I am always amazed at their courage to do so.
The stories of others can blow me away, especially when people share the “why” that compels them to start exercising and building strength. Their stories keep me in the game. They inspire me and encourage me. But most importantly, they instruct me. Through people’s stories and their efforts in the gym, I learn about grace, humility, and overcoming struggles and obstacles. And I learn about strength and hope.
To me this is the most compelling reason to pick up a weight and build stronger muscles – to live a strong and hopeful future.
One of my first clients wanted to build muscle to improve her health. She had significant weight to lose and was struggling with weight-related health issues. Newly retired, she felt she finally found the time to take care of herself. But as I got to know her, she shared what was really on her mind. She was afraid that she would die and not get a chance to see her new grandchild grow up. By getting to the gym and learning how to lift weights, she envisioned staying alive and being able to play with her grandchild. She had hope for a better life!
I marvel at the stories:
- I want to be strong so I can dance in my 80’s!
- I want to be strong so I can live independently as long as possible!
- I want to be strong so I can fish when I am in my 90’s!
- I want to be strong so I can ride bikes with my children and run in the backyard with them!
- I want to be strong so I can carry my luggage and travel!
- I want to be strong so I can continue to do the things I love – no matter how old I am!
- I want to be strong so I can finally make something of myself!
All of the stories about wanting to be strong speak to a more positive future.
With a strong and able body, people see a higher probability of living an active and fulfilling life as they age. Strong bones and muscles means more confidence and resilience in dealing with issues like osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Strong muscles also mean strong minds – enhancing our mental health as well as reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and depression. Regular strength training helps us maintain our balance and coordination and helps prevent debilitating falls. Time and time again, I see that strong bodies lead to more confidence about what the future holds for us.
Strength training promotes a brighter future as we age!
Strong muscles and healthy bones make us feel better, move better, look better and be better!
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