Whilst the entire world has been focused on battling the pandemic, there has been another pandemic that seems to have taken a backseat; the obesity crisis.
At a time when the government is doing their all to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the rates of obesity (a disease which increases people’s likelihood of becoming critically ill if they contract the virus) have continued to increase. One study suggests that those with a BMI of 35-40 have a 40% greater chance of becoming critically ill if they catch coronavirus, and those with a BMI above 40 are 90% more likely.
This highlights how tackling obesity is just as important as fighting the virus itself. We are actually fighting two pandemics, not just one.
Read our guide to understand why being a personal trainer is one of the most crucial careers to help people in getting fit, and beating the virus.
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Aside from the increased severity associated with coronavirus, obesity alone is a life-threatening disease.
In 2018/19, there were 876,000 hospital admissions where obesity was a primary or secondary diagnosis. This was a staggering 23% higher than 2017/18. Additionally, there was a 4% increase in the number of admissions where obesity was the sole diagnosis.
Ultimately, the problem isn’t going away. It is, in fact, getting worse.
The situation gets even more serious when considering that the problem doesn’t just lie in adults. According to the child measurement programme, in 2018/19, 1 in 10 children aged 4-5 and 2 in 10 children aged 10-11 in England were obese! This is shocking, as it suggests the journey to obesity begins very early in some children’s lives.
Research has shown that 58% of children with obese mothers and 61% of children with obese fathers were also obese themselves. Whereas, only 17%-19% of children with neither overweight nor obese parents were obese, suggesting healthy parents have an increased chance of having healthy children.
Therefore, information regarding healthy living needs to be available for all ages, including children at school and parents.
This is where becoming a personal trainer will mean you can help change the lives of thousands of people by guiding them to a happier, healthier lifestyle.
For many individuals, the prospect of exercising and embarking on a fitness journey can be incredibly overwhelming. It is difficult to know where to start or what to do to get an effective, yet enjoyable, workout. For someone who has previously been mostly inactive, the fitness world is a huge unknown and it can be a challenge to get into the habit of exercising regularly without someone to help guide you.
That is why becoming a personal trainer is an extremely rewarding job; you get to help people overcome their personal challenges, and step towards becoming the best versions of themselves they can be! Therefore, becoming a personal trainer is a great way to start tackling the obesity crisis.
Personal training offers a tailor-made form of exercise, perfect for individual’s embarking on a journey to fitness for the first time. It also helps those who are unsure of where to go and may benefit from someone being there to motivate them.
As a personal trainer, you can provide training that is individualised to each client. Therefore, you can develop a personalised training programme for clients, even if they:
You will be able to bring excitement to exercise, making the journey to fitness a positive one for your clients. This enjoyment stems from being able to capitalise on what activities individuals enjoy, ensuring they see exercise as something to welcome into their lives rather than dread.