Is the gym an intimidating place?
Regular exercise and a nutritious diet are two of the best things we can do to maintain our health as we get older. Exercise can delay or prevent many of the health problems associated with ageing, including sarcopenia (loss of muscle), weakening of bones and feelings of fatigue.
The World Health Organisation recommends a person age 65 or older who is generally fit with no limiting health conditions aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week, and also include weight training and muscle-strengthening activities in their sessions on two or more days a week.
Gyms can be a great place to go, as they often will have a wide variety have of fitness equipment we need to stay healthy, in a safe, monitored environment. But many people, old and young alike (both men and women) who have not exercised in some time, may be hesitant to join a gym for fear of intimidation. Some people may avoid certain equipment believing they will not do the workout properly, or that they will be judged by other gym members. Some seniors may feel like gyms do not cater to their older clientele, creating an atmosphere that is dominated by younger members and loud music.
Such misconceptions are often unfounded, as places like Simply Fit welcome members of all ages. But even if seniors find gyms intimidating, they should still sign up for memberships, even just a month trial.
The following tips can help potential members shed their fears and adapt.
Start the Process Slowly
Shop around for a gym that makes you feel comfortable. Get fully informed about what is offered. Simply Fit makes it easy with knowledgeable, approachable staff and a balance, flexibility & strength classes. We also adjust the music during the day to match our members, and you can even select your own songs if you wish from our Juke Box.
Build Up Gradually
Begin with exercises you feel comfortable performing. Ask the team at Simply Fit about the different options to start with so that you can find a training plan that may be a good fit.
Find a Gym Buddy
Working out with a partner in your age group may encourage you to keep going to the gym and increase your comfort level. You each can offer support and enjoy a good laugh through the learning process. We can introduce you to some like minded people and Simply Fit even lets you bring a friend for free on Thursday's, so they can try out the gym as well.
Don’t Get Discouraged
Anyone working out for the first time, regardless of age, will feel somewhat out of place until exercise becomes part of a routine. Give it some time before throwing in the towel.
Once you catch on, you may discover you enjoy working out.
Fitness is important for everyone. It can prolong life, help everyone maintain healthy weights and reduce their risk of injury.