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Tips for Working out For the Very First Time

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Getting or staying fit over 50 is essential . Working out for the first time can be an exciting experience, but it can also be very daunting as well, especially if you haven’t stepped into a gym or class in decades.  You may feel as though there are so many things that you need to know, and that you also need to plan out your goals. This can be difficult to say the least, but there are a few things that you can do to make the whole thing easier on yourself.

Choose some Good Training Shoes

The very first thing that you should be doing is investing in a good pair of high-quality training shoes. If you are not quite sure how to do this then go into a sports shoe store and ask them for some guidance. They will then be able to make sure that the shoes that you are choosing are appropriate for the range of fitness activities you want to do. Remember that it is always a good idea for you to choose shoes that suit a variety of workouts, rather than just ones that suit one purpose. For example, you may know that you are planning on going running and this is great, but if you buy some running shoes and nothing else then you will be limiting your comfort and you will also be making other workouts harder.

Plan for Convenience

When you start working out, the main thing that you have to think about is consistency. Ask yourself how many workouts can you realistically fit into a week? It helps to start out with just two per week as this will help you to get into the right routine and it will also help you to build up your strength too. Setting realistic goals here is key because there is a high probability that you will be sore after your first few workouts, so you might need a few days to recover. When you are not working out, you need to build up your strength and conditioning. Once you have established a routine,  increase the frequency and even the length of your workout too. When you do this, you will soon feel yourself getting stronger and you will also feel as though you can step it up over time. Of course, it should be noted that your workouts should be planned at the best times to fit into your lifestyle. If you are always exhausted at the end of work, then it’s probably not a good idea for you to plan a workout at 6pm. You will probably skip out on it instead, so take this into account when creating your schedule and focus on convenience as much as possible.

Buy some Basic Equipment

If you are not ready to jump into joining the gym yet, then there is nothing wrong with this. Instead, you might want to get started with some home workouts. There are a lot of different things that you can try, for example, at-home yoga DVDs. Home workouts usually don’t require anything more than your own body weight, but it does help to have something that will help to open up more options. This can include a jump rope, hand weights, exercise band. A mat will make things way more comfortable for you too.


If you are thinking about joining a gym, then you need to go in with a list of questions, such as are peak and off-peak memberships available, are all classes free, what is the booking system for any additional classes you want to take, how easy is it to e into current classes that are running (is there a wait list) what are the busiest times,  You can then ask the trainers there just about anything you need before you go ahead and sign up with them When you have chosen one that meets your requirements, you can then request an appointment with a membership advisor. If you are interested in signing up with a personal trainer then this is great, but make sure that they have insurance. If you want to find out more about this then look up “personal trainer insurance compared”.

Complimentary Sessions

Some gyms offer complimentary sessions, and this is a great way for you to really get comfortable with the equipment and put together a programme that is right for you. If the session isn’t free, it’s certainly worth booking in with a trainer anyway to get you started.

Finding the right exercise class over 50

Workout Classes

If you are thinking about signing up for a class, then look out for beginner sessions or introductory classes. Fitness should always be challenging, but it should never be difficult to the point where you start to feel defeated,  If you don’t want to sign up for a beginner class (or there isn’t one available)  then try and pull the instructor to one side and then tell them that you are new. They may be able to give you some modifications and they may also help you to take breaks whenever you need them.

Keep on Going

There are endless ways to keep fit and different types of workout classes to try. The secret to sticking with any exercise regime is to find one that works for you that you enjoy and actually look forward to participating in.  Don’t be afraid to try a few classes, and then expand your horizons. You will find one that you enjoy, and the right class could also help to expand your social circle.

Of course, the same trial and error process should help you to decide when and even where you should work out. If you don’t like group settings, then you may find that home workouts are much better for you. You may even find that a gym setting is far more motivating too. There’s no right and wrong at the end of the day, so find something that works for you and then stick with it as long as you can.

Finding a workout buddy is great if you’re getting started too, so ask around and see if anyone else is in the same position as you so that you can find someone who you can really bond with. By doing this, you can easily boost your fitness routine and you can also connect with more people in your local area.




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