Maintaining our health and fitness throughout our life is important, but it becomes downright fundamental, as we get older. Whether we need to improve our heart’s health, our brain’s health, or our bones health, working out is something we need to do if we want to get the most out of our twilight years.
Although most of us know this, a large number of us still put off going to the gym. We might make up excuses, such as we don’t have the time or perhaps we argue that we’re getting enough exercise through our weekly walk to the grocery store. Hey, we have to walk it back, too!
However, what it all comes down to is attitude. A negative attitude is the number one reason most seniors don’t workout at the gym. What is needed is a positive attitude. Let’s take a look at how you can change the way you see working out.
You Don’t Need To Be Fit To Begin With
According to a study by Cosmopolitan Body, around 15% of women avoid the gym because they’re scared of looking out of shape.
As we get older, that fear only increases.
This is a catch-22 situation, though; if you’re scared of looking out of shape now, just imagine how scared you’ll be in a years’ time when the ageing process has really taken hold and you’re even more out of shape.
It’s not easy to get over this fear, but you should realize that all seniors are in the same boat as you. We all have worries and fears about how we look but getting to the gym is the number 1 way to eradicate such anxieties.
You Don’t Need To Visit The Locker Room
Many people feel intimidated by the locker room at the gym, and many of us probably don’t want to change in front of others. What’s the easiest way around this? Get changed at home and turn up in your workout gear!
Ask For Help
Modern-day gyms look a lot different than they did twenty years ago. Even the weight room looks like a torture chamber, while all the machines and devices look as complicated as the NASA operating room.
If you’re not sure how to use anything, all you need to do is ask. After all, this is what the trainers are hired for!
Moreover, when you sign up to a gym the chances are high that you’ll be offered a free personal training session. So why not make the most of it?
You could also take a class, which will give you ideas about exercises and movements.
Your Confidence Will Grow At The Gym
Confidence is a priceless commodity. As we get older, it’s perfectly natural to lose a bit of confidence in our body.
If you are lacking in confidence at the moment, you should use this as your motivation to get down to the gym. Working out gives you a chance to get fitter and healthier, which in turn will breed confidence.
It’s much better to go to the gym and leave with self-esteem, than to sit at home and have none at all.
Nobody Is Watching You
Seniors don’t go to the gym to watch other people. If you do happen to spot someone watching you, it’s most likely because they’re actually envious.
Most people, though, are too concerned about themselves. After all, this is why they’re at the gym!
Moreover, does it really matter what other people think about your workout? You’re here for one reason only and that’s to improve your health for a better you.