For many adults who have not been active since childhood, it can be difficult to know exactly how to exercise. Many overweight Americans also find themselves in a catch-22 where they want to join a gym and get healthy and fit, but at the same time they don’t want to join a gym because they feel like they’re too out-of-shape or that they’re simply “not ready for the gym.” How do you get there if you don’t know where to start?
First of all, everyone who can walk and/or follow basic instructions on a machine or from a trainer is ready for the gym. Yes, “and/or”: people with limited mobility and even people in wheelchairs can exercise, too! Water
aerobics and other pool exercises are a great way for older adults and for others with arthritis pain to remain active and to keep the freedom of movement that they have. Many strength exercises can also be performed while sitting.
The Healthy People 2020 guidelines say that all adults should engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. This could mean walking for 30 minutes five times per week or taking longer walks on alternating days as your schedule allows. If it seems too hard to work 30 minutes of planned exercise into your schedule, then there are plenty of other ways to make it happen, like using 15 minutes on your lunch break to walk laps around your building or up and down stairs plus another 15 minutes either right before or right after work. With the fast-paced, hurry-up-and-wait world that we live in, you’re bound to find a few minutes on most days when you can do a little something, and those minutes add up.
When the weather’s bad, the gym actually makes it easier, since you don’t have to let the weather dictate how active you will be. This is especially important with winter just around the corner! Just drive to the gym, find something you enjoy and have at it! Different people enjoy different activities as well as different intensity levels, but the most important thing is to do something. They say that sitting is the new smoking, so don’t allow yourself to get caught up in any negative self-talk about being too big, too weak or too anything else. When you go to the gym, the only expectations you should try to live up to are your own. Safety considerations aside, there is no “right” way to exercise, so don’t worry about what the Skinny Minnie on the treadmill next to you is doing or how much the bodybuilders are lifting. You know better than anyone how to exercise in a way that works for your body at this point in time.
With 24-hour access and in-house child care, Miami Athletic Club makes it easy for people with hectic schedules to come in and work out whenever time allows. Our friendly, experienced staff are ready to help you get started on the way to forming a healthy habit that you can enjoy for the rest of your life!
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