Last week I took the ACSM test to become a Certified Personal Trainer. I passed, and the next day I had an interview with the Fitness Coordinator at the PSU gym so she could evaluate whether I was ready to train clients.
Turns out I am ready, and I will be training clients this upcoming term.
In the meantime, people are now coming to me for workout advice--a situation that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. "Go read a novel," I would have told them. "Give your brain a workout." But now I've discovered a dose of joy in being active and I'm looking forward to helping others find that joy, too.
Anyway, after I helped a friend out with some advice, he suggested running an "Ask the personal trainer" feature on this here blog, and kindly offered to let his question be the inaugural one.
As I get older (42 now, not THAT old) ... and since I lug the 2 year-old around ... and walk around on these ultra hard hard floors in our apt. in Bangkok -- I'm finding that I am incredibly sore/stiff in generalized places, particularly my back and legs.
When I go to tie my shoes I can barely bend over sometimes and can hardly reach my shoes. (but there is not one specific place in my back/legs that's sore -- just general ultra stiffness.) AND, my feet and lower legs ache when I wake up.
So I figure this is likely just being TOTALLY out of shape -- I work from home, don't work out at all, only workout is walking places. not enough.
1-- someone said that 'core strengthening" might be a smart way to start
2-- do you recommend any general (1) stretches or (2) gym workouts (this building has an ok set of gym machines...)
Hey Eric, I'm sorry to hear about your back problems. People with toddlers often have back issues--I did.
Have you considered the Sun Salutation? It's a series of yoga poses done in sequence, many of which work on your core strength, others work on flexibility. If you did it three or so times before bed and when getting up, I bet you would start feeling better fast. Try some "cat-cows" too.
Other core exercises include push-ups and crunches and "the plank." I try to make sure to do stuff like this while I'm watching TV instead of just sitting there.
Backs are so tricksy. Statistics say that most of us will be affected by low back pain sometime during our lives. Making our backs stronger through core work and proper stretching can help make sure our back pain is fleeting, rather than chronic.