People who begin working out, paying more attention to their diet and exercise and trying to live a healthy lifestyle in general tend to fall into one of two categories: those who want to and those who need to. People with the want tend to include those with a specific target goal, such as losing weight for an upcoming reunion, or a more general desire, such as to be more physically active with their kids. People who need are typically facing health issues. Most often those issues are primarily obesity or being overweight, and with that come a host of secondary medical concerns that a healthy lifestyle will help address - high blood pressure, diabetes and elevated cholesterol, to name a few.
There is a third category that a select few people fit into, and that is people who live to be in peak physical condition. These are the professional, amateur and college athletes that entertain millions of people each year. For them to continue to perform at the top of their game, literally, they need to have a NoDaysOFF philosophy when it comes to their healthy lifestyle. While that might sound like they spend every day in the gym - and for many of them, they do - it also means having a properly balanced diet, performing stretching exercises on their own to keep their bodies flexible and aid in recovery time, and even get a restful night sleep and practice meditation and other stress relieving activities.
Most cities do not have a large sub-population of professionally athletes, but Miami is the exception to that rule. This is a bonus for people who live in Miami, and not because that means they have a better chance than most to glimpse their favorite football or baseball player. It means that the same personal trainers and fitness centers that attract these athletes in the first place are available to help everyone looking to live a healthy lifestyle.
In order to minimize the risk of long term injury and to ensure as even a playing field as possible, most professional and collegiate sports leagues have tight restrictions on when players may use the team facilities. That means in the off-season, it is up to the players to find their own ways of staying in shape. The beautiful weather may attract them in the first place, but it is the superior quality of personal trainers Miami is known for that keeps them coming back. These professional trainers stay up to date on the latest information and techniques to help keep their clients in prime shape.
Regardless of whether you want to or need to - or some combination of the both - the best way to start getting the results you want and learning how to keep them is to train the way people whose very livelihoods depend on it: professionally.
Jack Terry is a freelance writer who lived in South Florida for several years. http://www.legacyfit.com