As Baby Boomers age, their fitness needs begin to evolve. Receiving at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day is still important.
It is how that exercise is obtained that become the focus of targeted fitness programs for Boomers. That has led to the rise of the “no-sweat workout” that helps to keep seniors moving without a higher risk of injury.
Numerous facilities are offering these senior-specific workouts. Check programming at your local gym, the YMCA, YWCA, and similar community programs.
How to Make the Most of a Senior Fitness Program
Before you begin to work out, it is important that you stretch out your muscles and joints. You need to take time to warm up properly, even if you never really followed that routine in your younger years. Your body is different now, so it needs to be treated differently.
Then you’ll want to follow these steps to make sure your fitness experience is a positive one for you.
- Watch what others are doing. If you’re interested in a certain class or program, then talk to the instructor about your unique health needs. Make sure you can work it into your schedule.
- Be honest about your body. Tell your instructor about any injuries you may have suffered in the past. Talk about joint or muscle issues you may have right now. Most programs can be modified to meet your current physical abilities.
- Listen to what your body says. If you perform a movement that doesn’t feel right to you, then don’t repeat it. Feeling pain or discomfort is an indication that something isn’t right.
- Adjust your workouts as needed. Some Boomers love to work at a high intensity. By switching to lighter weights or a lower gear, this might still be possible. Just make sure you stop targeting the same body parts in repetitive days to give yourself some extra time to recover.
- Think about exercise every day. The best fitness programs aren’t always at the gym. Try to park at the back of a parking lot to increase the number of steps you get. Carry your groceries to the care. Walk the dog around the block an extra time.
You’ll find that a fitness program will give you results when you’re willing to put in some work. Far too often, Boomers tend to give up on a fitness program because they aren’t seeing the changes they thought they’d see.
Exercise is different at the age of 50 for most people. It takes more time to see results. You’ll get tired more often. You need more mental fortitude to keep going. Find that and you’ll find success.
Why Is a Mix of Fitness Programs Important?
Your body likes to get a little taste of everything when you’re exercising. Taking the same programs will only keep a few of your body parts moving consistently. To feel at your best, you need to be moving each body part at least once per week.
Try different programs. Go dancing. Go cycling. Use an elliptical machine. As long as your doctor gives you the go-ahead for it, you’re only limited by what you’re willing to do.