Without fail I get at least one message a day that says something like, "I'm 40+ and out of shape. My BP is high, my dr is worried I'm going to have a heart attack. I do X and Y for my training but it doesn't seem to be working". (Obviously I've paraphrased here as many of the messages are far more indepth and have some really serious health issues spoken of).
Let's break this down...
Most people have an education and skillset focused on their job. It makes sense. We only have a certain amount of time and energy and once you've got a serious job and kids that dwindles even more.
So, you're in your 40s and you've spent decades learning how to be an accountant or dentist or whatever it is you do and I'm sure you have a high level of skill and experience at it.
But when you're out of shape and your doctor is telling you all kinds of scary things that's proof that when it comes to staying in shape you aren't very educated. Or worse, that like many you "think" you know what to do. But you don't and your current shape is all the proof you should need that you don't actually know about how to be healthy and fit.
Here's where the pain starts. You email me or someone like me and ask for help. Trainers like helping people. No one lasts in this field if they don't genuinely like helping others. So we help a bit but it's our job and we have the same bills to pay as you do.
So we ask for some money to help you out. And you balk saying it's too expensive. Well, it may seem expensive in the short term but I guarantee it's cheaper than having a heart attack or needing a discectomy is going to be. And paying to be taught right now what to do is going to save an awful lot of time compared to now trying to learn all about it yourself.
You're going to need to spend something at this point. It's time or money. Time, if you want to try to do it all on your own, or money if you want to pay for expert guidance to get you there asap. But either way it's going to cost you.