Many people enter the retirement years vowing to be more physically active, but others are putting more muscle into their goals: They're becoming personal trainers.
There was a 7% increase in certified personal trainers age 40 and older between 2012 and 2013, according to a survey of 2,500 fitness professionals conducted by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, which certifies personal trainers.
This reflects a national trend that shows many people want to work out with a trainer of a similar age or someone who has an understanding of their bodies and their limitations, says Andrew Wyant, the group's president. "A lot of folks like to be able to identify with their trainer, and the trainer should be aspirational as well as inspirational."
A retired teacher and a former senior marketing manager share their stories about why they chose to become personal trainers as their second acts:
Teresa Sawyer, 55, of Raleigh, N.C., loved her career as a music and theater teacher, but after she got into much better shape with the help of a personal trainer, she decided to follow that path as a second career.
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