Exercising – Where Should I Start?
We’re coming up to the time of year when we start to think about our fitness, so I thought this primer might be useful…
Fitness is important for people of all ages, but it becomes more important the more you age. As well as keeping your mind and body healthy, exercise can prevent injuries and slow the symptoms of ageing.
Deciding to get in shape is probably the most important step in getting fit, but it’s doesn’t stop there. Many people lose their way because they just don’t know how to get started.
Perhaps you’ve never really tried to get in shape, or you have but you’ve strayed. Here are some tips on how to get on track, no matter what your age.
You probably ignore it, but if you’ve ever looked at a fitness program, you will undoubtedly have seen and heard the same message over and over: “consult your doctor before starting a diet and exercise program.”
Whilst this message is important for everyone, it’s even more vital as you get older. We’ve all heard of seniors who run marathons and climb mountains, but just because their body is built for it doesn’t mean yours is.
By starting a fitness program without seeing your doctor, you could be putting your health in serious danger.
If your doctor does find a problem, they can help you take steps to reduce your risk and give you advice for getting fit in a safe manner.
Gyms are always a great place to get started on your fitness regime.
While many gyms have been geared towards younger people with a high fitness level, a lot of places are starting to catch on and are marketing towards baby boomers.
They are offering classes, programs, and equipment designed for people who have less mobility or who are beginners.
Many gyms also offer a start-up program to help people who haven’t been to a gym in a while get going.
They can (and will) recommend exercises and programs designed just for you.
If the gym isn’t for you, why not try a walking, cycling, or other fitness pastime with a club?
You can get a workout, get social support, and you can often get fringe benefits including health check-ups or discounts.
One of the biggest factors in determining if you’ll stick with an exercise plan is whether you have a back-up system to keep you motivated.
If you have friends who work out or participate in physical activities, ask if you can join them. Usually they’re very excited to have someone else interested in what they do and will be happy to help you out.
If your friends aren’t really active, try to convince them to get started with you. You can research your options together and you won’t feel so out of place when someone else is with you.
Remember, the most important part of an exercise program is to have fun. That way you’ll stick with it and reap the full benefits for a long time.