Here’s a concern that we hear quite often when clients first arrive at DVCC… ‘Am I too old to start training?’ Or ‘Is it too late for me?’
Well we’re here to tell you that the answer to that is a big ol’…NOPE! - In our eyes, you’re never too old to start rebuilding your strength, or to start your fitness journey. Here’s why!
After months sitting around at home, many of us may feel like it’s time to get back up on the horse and see those results that we’ve been looking for. Well, now is the perfect time to start as we have all been given a fresh start! We’ve written before about feeling back at square one, but what if you feel like you’re not even on the game board yet?
No problem! Today we’ll help explain why is it never too late for ANYONE to begin their fitness journey.
As we age, our bodies go through all kinds of changes, but one thing that many people don’t realise is that every year after we turn 35, the average person loses around 0.5-1% of their muscle mass every year. Since muscle tone is linked to longevity of life, the older we get, the more important exercise becomes!
So where do you start?
Firstly, if you haven’t really been into a gym since your 20s (or ever) we wouldn’t recommend starting there. A lot of people feel uncomfortable heading to big box gyms, the busyness, younger people lifting heavy weights and general vibe can be really off putting for beginners…Trust us.
Chances are that if you have a negative gym experience the first time, you’re almost certainly not going to go back or fall into any kind of sustainable fitness routine.
Instead, do your research, there are plenty of smaller, personal training gyms, with average client ages similar to yourself that will offer exactly what you are looking for. (us included!)
Our approach to your first session is a little different to most as we don’t believe in ‘just letting you get on with it’. We want to know exactly what your goals are, any injuries or concerns you may have, and then create a distinct personal training programme that is going to help you get there.
What Kind Of Training Should I Be Doing?
A great question! A lot of people think things like running or swimming are great places to start, and they certainly can be great top ups to any fitness routine, but the most beneficial form of training is (and always will be)…Resistance training!
Resistance training involves using weights in order to progressively build muscle and improve your fitness. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to be lifting anything heavy or risking injury.
Instead, we’d always recommend starting out light, feeling comfortable around weights and then progressively moving up at a pace that suits you. This is where having a personal trainer is a HUGE advantage as they will be able to push you that little bit further (…and stop yourself cutting any corners!)
What else can I be doing?
Of course a good exercise routine is just half of the battle though and great nutrition is also key for anyone looking to help improve their fitness and longevity of life.
Now, let’s straighten this out first. We’re not talking about only eating salads. We don’t believe in that. Great nutrition comes from having great habits that you don’t even have to think about.
Try drinking 2 litres of water a day. Sounds easy right?
...But one of the most common things that we hear from clients is that they don’t drink enough water. Well, now’s the time to start! Try drinking 2 litres of water every day for a week. Once you’ve got that down, begin focusing on another small improvement, such as increasing your protein intake or having a great breakfast every day!
So there you have it! Enough reasons to show you that you’re never too old to get started in fitness!
Want some further help? We’d love to! Drop us a message at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be sure to get back to you!