Are you over 40 and feeling like it’s too late to start a fitness journey? Well, fear not my fellow old-timers, because I’m here to give you the ultimate guide to starting fitness training in your 40s (or older).
Step 1: Find Your Motivation
First things first, you need to find your motivation. And no, “because my doctor said so” doesn’t count. Maybe you want to impress your younger coworkers, or perhaps you just want to be able to keep up with your grandkids. Whatever your reason, find it and hold onto it like your life depends on it (because it kind of does).
Step 2: Invest in the Essentials
Next, you need to invest in the essentials. And by essentials, I mean a new pair of sneakers and some sweat-wicking workout clothes. Trust me, you don’t want to be that person at the gym in a cotton t-shirt and jeans (yes, I’ve seen it happen).
Step 3: Start Slow
Now it’s time to actually start exercising, but don’t go all in just yet. You’re not 20 anymore, so you can’t just jump into a high-intensity workout without consequences (like pulling a muscle or passing out). Start slow with some light cardio and stretching, and work your way up to more intense workouts.
Step 4: Embrace Your Inner Grandma/Grandpa
As you start to build your fitness routine, you may start to notice that you’re not quite as flexible or agile as you used to be. But fear not, because you can embrace your inner grandma/grandpa and make modifications to your workouts. Can’t do a full push-up? Do them on your knees. Can’t touch your toes? Use a yoga block. No shame in modifying, my friends.
Step 5: Celebrate the Wins
Finally, don’t forget to celebrate the wins (no matter how small). Did you run for five minutes straight without feeling like you were going to die? That’s a win. Did you do a full sit-up without using your arms for momentum? That’s a win. Celebrate every victory, because they’re all leading you towards a healthier, fitter you.
So there you have it, my fellow old-timers. Follow these steps and you’ll be well on your way to fitness greatness (or at least not feeling like you’re going to keel over after climbing a flight of stairs).