Embarking on a fitness journey, especially starting later in life, can seem intimidating. However, the fear of being ‘too late’ to start shouldn’t deter you. In fact, now could be the perfect time to embrace strength training.
Busting the Myth of “Too Late”
The fear of starting late can be a significant mental hurdle–we hear this often and empathize! But starting late–even at or past midlife–doesn’t disqualify you from gaining substantial benefits from fitness, especially strength training! Research indicates that even those beginning a fitness regimen later in life can boost their longevity, decrease the risk of chronic diseases, and improve overall quality of life, and strength training can be a huge piece of this puzzle.
From Intimidation to Empowerment
One of the most common things we hear from folks who are interested in training with us is that they’ve been scared to take that first step into a gym. You’re not alone! But you can transform this fear into empowerment:
- Hire a personal trainer: A trainer provides personalized, professional guidance to ensure you’re safely and effectively gaining the benefits of strength training.
- Find a workout buddy or two: A fitness partner can offer moral support, motivation, and make your workouts more fun.
- Begin with simple strength training exercises: Starting with straightforward, low-impact strength exercises is the safest way to begin. With time and consistency, you can gradually increase the intensity and complexity of your workouts.
Remember, every gym-goer was once a beginner. The first part is the hardest but it gets easier from there!
Taking the Leap
Starting your fitness journey, especially with strength training, begins with setting small, achievable goals. Maybe it’s doing a set of light dumbbell exercises or practicing bodyweight squats at home. Small steps accumulate and pave the way for substantial progress.
It’s a little bit of a cliche by now but it fits here: age is just a number and it’s never too late to start strength training in particular. The journey may seem arduous, but remember, every step forward counts and we’re rooting for you to take that first step towards a stronger, healthier you. You’ve got this!