The Most Important Step for Creating a Personal Training Plan
The baby boomers and millennials can often be as polarizing as the likes of Donald Trump and Michael Moore.
But when it comes to caregiving, the older generation and the younger generation are on the same page — namely, by calling in a computer expert when it comes to creating a plan for the younger generation.
For the better part of the past five years, our network of personal trainers at Personal Training for Life has worked to try and replicate the wisdom and purpose that a personal trainer brings with him — having been a trainer for 25 years himself.
“Our mission is to be a place of refuge for people who are dealing with life transitions and need to meet and talk to somebody,” says psychologist Dr. Keith Ablow, who is also the founder of Personal Training for Life and the author of several books on psychology and psychiatry.
The first step for the Gen Z is an introduction to specialized software.
Whether dealing with stress, anxiety, etc., it’s important to turn to a professional for help, as we can all suffer from feelings of despair or self-doubt.
“Our job is to help people feel less isolated by keeping them in regular contact with each other,” says Dr. Ablow.
Finding adequate training to know exactly what to do when issues arise is the first step to getting in touch with personal trainers and doing what they’re doing.
But should parents be in on the plan?
Having worked as a personal trainer myself, I can honestly say that the younger generation doesn’t need a push to pick up a fork or a barbell. In fact, many of them are probably at a moment in their life where they are enjoying any sport they are involved in and will be perfect candidates for training — both as a physical challenge and a social experience.
“Having a conversation with your teenager or a personal trainer about mutual interests and strengths should be a fun part of parenting and a great opportunity to build bridges between generations,” says Dr. Ablow.
Beware the worst kind of peer pressure
What happens when you allow one to take over the plan? Much to the horror of their parents, of course.
There are certain guidelines as to how teens should approach the devices — as well as how to remain connected in a gentle way. Often, this falls to the younger parents.
“Just watch and learn,” urges Dr. Ablow. “The Baby Boomers who discovered the word ‘technology’ and who developed it really opened that door for a whole generation. I think we need to embrace this for our youth, to lead it, to nurture it and to lead from behind, watching over them.”
Parents can open up the lines of communication to have a conversation with their teen about using social media responsibly. Teens can also give their parents a heads up about the right way to get along, and the things to avoid.