Let’s face it, if you haven’t exercised in a while it can be hard to get back into the routine. We’ve all heard that regular exercise can reduce the risk of a wide range of health issues, and there are studies to back this information up. So why aren’t we exercising?
Many of us make excuses for not working out, here are the top four and how to overcome them.
Top Four Reasons for Not Exercising
1. Don’t Have Time
You make time in your day for the things you want to do and exercising is no different. Here are some suggestions to find the time:
- Get up a few minutes early or go to bed a few minutes later so you can enjoy a quick walk around the neighborhood. If you have a dog he or she will help you keep this routine.
- Purchase a few hand weights (you can even start with cans of vegetables) and lift them during the news or a favorite show.
- Consider joining a walking club so you can socialize and exercise at the same time.
- Park at the end of the lot when you go shopping to get some extra steps in.
2. Can’t See Any Results
Results take time and effort, so if you’re easing yourself into exercising it may be awhile before you see results. Here are a few tips to maximize your efforts:
- Whatever schedule you set to exercise, keep up with it regularly. Missing days and weeks at a time will slow your progress.
- Evaluate your eating habits so you don’t find yourself cancelling out your workout.
3. Too Embarrassed to Go to the Gym
You may be worried about going to the gym because you think you will be judged as overweight and out of shape. The truth is everyone at the gym is busy doing their own workout so they aren’t watching or judging you. Perhaps one of these options can help:
- Take a tour before you join which will give you the opportunity to take a look around and talk to staff. If they have a one-day free trial take it!
- Start with a beginners class at a gym, there everyone will be at the same level.
- If you really aren’t comfortable going to a gym don’t give up altogether, consider using videos in the privacy of your own home. Local libraries have exercise videos to loan or search YouTube or a streaming platform for what you’d like.
4. Too Old
You’re never too old to strengthen your muscles. Exercise can help reduce the risk of some health conditions and may be able to help you better manage a condition you already have.
- Locate a fitness and wellness center specifically designed for 50+. It may even be in a senior living community where the fitness center is open to the public.
- If you’ve tried exercising and joint pain limits or prevents you from working out, consider aquatic exercise where the buoyancy of the water will relieve the pressure from your joints.
- Begin with a gentle stretching routine which can help your balance and mobility.
The Twin Lakes fitness center, The Connection, offers a variety of classes and equipment specifically designed for those aged 50+. The Aquatic Center includes a 75-foot heated pool, aquatic bikes, and a whirlpool. Expertly trained staff can help develop workout routines and exercises that are personalized to your goals.