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by Carole Carson, AARP Bulletin, October, 2008
It's hard to beat the convenience and privacy of a home workout center. A home gym doesn't have to cost thousands of dollars, either. It can be set up for as little as $100 (for an exercise ball, some weights, and stretching strap). Space doesn’t need to be an obstacle either. A small cleared area anywhere—the living room or bedroom—works just fine.
And personal trainers aren't just for Oprah or gyms. You can hire a personal trainer to come to your home and show you how to exercise safely. The trainer can help you assess your current fitness status and limitations, including medical considerations, and help you select the equipment you need. The trainer can also help you set goals and measure your progress.
You can hire a trainer for a one-time-only session, for several sessions to establish a personalized routine, or for an extended period to make sure you maintain the exercise habit. Better yet, hire a trainer to lead a small group of you and your friends. That way, you can tailor your program and possibly share the cost.
"Now" never seems like a good time to begin. That's why I advise that whatever you decide to do, do it today.
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