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What a personal trainer can do for you

Trainers offer extra motivation to meet your fitness goals.

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You always want a good return on your investment, especially when you reach retirement age. That goes for your fitness, too. One of the best moves for a lucrative long-term payoff is to invest in a personal trainer.

"The exercises that worked when you were younger probably are not what you need now and going forward," says Vijay A. Daryanani, a certified personal trainer with Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Outpatient Center. "A personal trainer can identify your needs and formulate the proper routine as well as keep you motivated and focused, all of which can help keep you active."

Change how you exercise

Hiring a personal trainer has many individual benefits. Perhaps the main one is to teach you how to exercise correctly. "There is greater emphasis on correct posture, form, execution, and speed of movement since your body has changed, and you now may have range-of-motion restrictions," says Daryanani.

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