Maintaining our fitness as we get older is challenging but important. We may not have the energy we used to have, but we need to keep our bones and muscles strong. Retirement can sometimes allow us the time to finally follow and stick with a fitness regimen and get in shape.
Here are four top tips to motivate you to stay fit in your 60’s and beyond.
Join a Gym that Offers Classes for Seniors
Many fitness facilities these days have classes specifically designed for older adults. These programs have become very popular with insurance companies who offer Medicare plans that include programs like Silver Sneaker or Silver and Fit. These programs offer classes with music you like and instructors who will motivate and encourage you. You can follow classic workouts or try Cardiofit or circuit training.
It’s a good idea to attend several classes to see which ones fit you best. The best classes are the ones that you will continue attending because you enjoy them.
Try a Yoga Session
If you’ve never tried yoga before, you should sign up for a few beginner classes. Yoga sessions are typically less strenuous than running or cardio classes. Instructors will give modifications for you if there are any moves that you are not ready for. One of the reasons yoga is so good for older adults is that it promotes balance. As we age, the muscles in our legs that support balance weaken. Yoga is a great way to counterbalance this aging process and prevent falls.
Many gyms have beginner yoga classes with instructors who teach basic moves, so that’s a great place to start. Pick up an inexpensive yoga mat at your local fitness apparel store. You can also consider buying yoga blocks that will help you on moves in the beginning while you are still gaining flexibility.
Hire a Trainer for a Couple of Sessions
Sometimes when people first join a gym, they at first feel hesitant or afraid of injury. They are not familiar with all of the equipment in the gym and may not want to seem in experienced in front of other gym members. Hiring a personal trainer for a couple of sessions to show you the equipment is a great idea. The trainer can also do an initial assessment of your body mass index and help you set some goals for your fitness program.
Invite a Friend
It’s been proven many times that people who work out with other people tend to stay in their fitness programs longer. It’s more fun to pursue fitness goals with a friend who can encourage and motivate you. You can set goals together as well, such as walking 1 mile on the track or treadmill. Having someone to chat with makes these fitness sessions fly by.
If you sign up for classes together, both of you are more likely to show up because you are both counting on each other. Also, many gyms with classes for seniors have social activities too. Attending these activities is good for mental and emotional health. Having a friend to show up with is less intimidating if you are new to the gym and don’t know many other people there.
Follow these easy tips and soon you’ll be on your way to a better, fitter you.