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My journey into getting a personal trainer began with an April 2018 snowstorm and a broken arm.

On my way to church that Sunday, rain puddled on our house sidewalk. By the time church was done, the sky was filled with snowflakes and the temperature was below freezing. I didn’t notice the ice under the snow.

As I raced to the house, my legs slid out behind me and I slammed down on the concrete. My left wrist somehow came forward to break the fall. Nothing really hurt, but by the time I was back in the house, I knew my wrist was broken.

That was the beginning of more than two months of splints, casts and slings, plus a fair amount of Tylenol.

When my niece got married in late April, I decided to dance – cast and all – and wound up wrecking my knee. So, I got back home from the wedding dance with one working knee and one working wrist. It would have been funny if I was in comedy, but I'm not, so it wasn’t.

There’s always a bright side though, and since I already had an orthopedist for my wrist, I was able to ask him about my knee – but I had to deal with my wrist first.

“You’ll need occupational therapy (OT) when you get that cast off your wrist,” the doctor warned.

“Ha, I won’t need OT,” I told myself.

The cast came off. My arm and hand were as straight as a pencil – I had no flexibility…I had no wrist! How could this be? I really didn’t understand this, but off I went to many sessions of OT to get flexibility back into my wrist. Then in July, I had cortisone injected into my knee, which helped with the pain.

What really helped, though, was finding a personal trainer. You would be surprised by what you can find in a small town, and I found someone who was good. I started out going to individual sessions, and it wasn’t covered by insurance – but I could get a whole month of sessions for the same price as just two OT sessions.

Over time, she helped me strengthen my arms and upper body. It turns out that maintaining upper body strength is difficult if you don’t work at it, so now I do. She also assisted me in strengthening my leg muscles so my knees don’t have to work so hard.

Next, I started yoga and learned how to breath better. Yoga has also increased my flexibility and posture. The final step has been adding an exercise bike or elliptical machine, plus crunches, wall sits and planks – plus a variety of other exercises.

Going from one working wrist and knee to having both knees and wrists working without pain has been well worth the dollars I’ve spent for personal training. I see people walking around with challenges, and I know that would be me if it wasn’t for going to the fitness center over the last nine months.

While it may seem expensive to work out with a trainer, it can be well worth the investment. Most people will spend less on exercise than what they spend going out to eat in a month. It’s also a lot cheaper than medical procedures and surgeries – plus if you go to the right fitness center, it can be a lot of fun! I’d recommend finding a good fitness center to anybody.