I always tell my younger members that vanity can be a great motivator to work out. But as people age, it’s no longer about the cosmetic appeal – it’s about your overall health. How should a senior start a workout program if they’ve been inactive for a long period of time? First, they should decide on the most desirable days to work out. I would want them to do no more than 2 or 3 days per week. Resist the desire to do more right away, because you can get discouraged. Rotate your program on an 8-week basis, and monitor your progress bi-weekly. Check your weight and measurements to see the results of what you’re doing. What’s most important is being disciplined. One thing I’ve noticed is that most of my successful clients are very active and are constantly moving. One of my seniors has a 9 AM appointment, but she shows up 30 minutes early on a regular basis. If you can’t get to the gym, what equipment should you have in your home to implement your workout plan? Home isn’t always the best place to start a workout program. It’s too easy to get distracted by television and other things. Getting out of the house is best,
even if it’s for a short walk. But if you have to start at home, I would recommend having a bench and a pair of dumbbells between 5 and 15 lbs – depending on your level of strength. Focus on one basic exercise per body part, and don’t overwhelm yourself trying to do too many things at once. Set manageable but incremental goals for yourself. Start by getting used to exercising on a schedule, and add days as you get stronger. Once you get started, you’ll be surprised that you want to do more.
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Participants do the same routines as many other fitness classes, including muscle endurance and weight lifting. Some participants have preexisting conditions, but they fight through them. Participants are motivated and draw energy from one another. Each person has a different personality. Rob is very disciplined and Lynda arrives 30 minutes early every time. Proud Moments: Lynda had a mammogram and her doctor was the first person that notice that she had lost 103+ pounds.