As we age, staying active and maintaining our health becomes increasingly important.
If you're a senior looking to embark on a fitness journey, this article is for you. At Burgh Healthy Hub, we understand the unique needs of seniors and offer a range of fitness classes and activities tailored specifically for individuals aged over 60. Below, we'll provide you with valuable tips and guidance on how to get started with senior fitness and stay motivated throughout your fitness journey.
Consult with your GP
Before starting any new exercise program, it's important to consult with your healthcare provider, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. They can assess your current health status, provide recommendations, and ensure that the exercises you choose are safe and appropriate for you.
If you're new to fitness or haven't been physically active for a while, it's crucial to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts. Begin with low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, or gentle stretching to build a foundation of fitness. As you gain strength and confidence, you can progress to more challenging activities.
Focus on strength and balance
Maintaining muscle strength and balance becomes increasingly important as we age. Incorporate strength training exercises into your routine using resistance bands, light weights, or bodyweight exercises. Additionally, practising balance exercises such as standing on one leg or taking yoga classes can help improve stability and reduce the risk of falls.
Mix it up
To stay motivated, it's essential to keep your fitness routine enjoyable and varied. Mix up your activities by trying different exercises on the gym floor or participating in group fitness classes designed for seniors.
Find a fitness buddy
At Burgh, you will easily find an exercise friend by joining our gym. It can be highly motivating. Having a workout buddy provides accountability and makes exercise more enjoyable. You can share your fitness goals, celebrate achievements together, and offer support and encouragement along the way.
Set realistic goals
Set realistic and achievable goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART goals). Whether it's increasing the number of steps you take each day, improving your flexibility, or participating in a local charity walk, having goals gives you something to work towards and helps track your progress.
Listen to your body
If you experience pain, dizziness, or any discomfort, stop exercising and consult with your healthcare provider. Also allow your body time to rest and recover between workouts. Aim for at least one or two days of rest each week to prevent overexertion and minimise the risk of injuries. It's important to listen to your body's signals and make necessary modifications when needed.
Senior fitness is a journey that brings numerous physical and mental benefits. With our discounted Wisdom Memberships and a supportive community, we're here to help you get started on your fitness journey and stay motivated along the way. Remember, it's never too late to start prioritising your health!
Burgh Healthy Hub hosts A Master Class for seniors at 8am on Tuesday and Thursday. Take a look at details here.