Have you, or someone you love, ever said the statement… “I’m too old to workout”? The truth of the matter is, if you are still sucking wind… it is NOT too late! I want to explore some of the most common myths surrounding working out as an older adult and show you they are just that… MYTHS!
I’m too old to start working out… it’s too late to make a difference in my health.
Studies have proven time and time again that physical activity will benefit individuals of ANY age… even as old as 90 or 100 years old! Age should never be a barrier to exercising. In fact, many of the signs of “being too old” are actually associated with inactivity. So, if you start moving, the symptoms you are experiencing can be eliminated!
I’m too weak to exercise… or I’m disabled so I can’t exercise.
Exercises can be modified for anyone so they are working within their limits and abilities. Someone who is weak or disabled can build strength by starting slowly, setting small goals, and gradually increasing the level of activity. Exercise looks different for each individual.
Exercising will hurt my joints.
The old days of “no pain, no gain” are gone! In the past, it was believed that all exercise had to be high intensity to be beneficial. But, now, studies have shown that light to moderate exercises, like walking, gardening, dancing, etc… will have amazing health benefits no matter your age.
I am sick, I shouldn’t workout.
It is a common misconception that you should ALREADY be healthy in order to exercise. But the truth is, physical activity will greatly improve your health and your quality of life. Studies have shown that physical activity is the most effective for people who are dealing with chronic health conditions and diseases. If you have been diagnosed with a major or chronic illness (heart disease, high blood pressure, bone injuries, soft tissue injuries, etc…) you should seek the advice of your healthcare provider before beginning a program.
I can’t afford the clothes, equipment or the gym membership.
You do not need special clothing, equipment, or even membership to exercise. You only need to wear clothing that is light and comfortable for the activity you are participating in. Chances are, you have everything you need in your closet right now! You can also use things like cans of soup, bottles of water, etc… to add resistance. And everything can be done from the comfort of your home!
The bottom line is… you are never too old to exercise. The benefits far outweigh any excuse you may have. I do recommend you work with a Certified Personal Trainer, and if possible a Certified Senior Fitness Specialist, to be sure the program you are participating in will keep you safe while improving your health.
Just remember, fitness is just 1 of the 3 basic pillars of health you need to get and stay healthy. And as always, if you need a little extra help, schedule your free call with me. I would love to help you in your journey to getting healthy and strong!