You are not too old to get fit

On many occasions, as coaches, we hear people in their sixties, seventies and even eighties tell us they are too old to start on a fitness journey. In their minds, they aren’t young, slim or athletic enough to walk into a gym and start weight or circuit training. These limiting beliefs are far from the truth.

Over the past two years, we have had many mature adults enter our gym for the first time. Many hadn’t done any kind of weight training for years and some had never picked up a kettlebell in their life. Making that first step towards a new venture can be intimidating and scary. We’ve all felt unsure and scared as we embark on a new journey in our lives but building muscle, feeling strong and doing something that will help us as we age in empowering.

Why strength training is important as we age:

When we remain active through our adult life, we have the ability to slow down our ageing process. As we age, our muscle mass decreases and we lose strength and power which can making daily living difficult. We want to be able to do things like carry our groceries, get down on the floor and play with our grandchildren, walk up a flight of stair and continue to golf, ski & hike. After all, isn’t this why we choose to live in the Blue Mountains?

Cardio vascular disease is also another important reason you want to get and stay fit. When we become sedentary, our heart rate, cardio out put and blood pressure change and with that, even a simple task like walking to your mail box becomes a challenge. We also want to keep our lungs healthy and filled with oxygen which is so important at any age.

We have come to learn that strength and resistance training with little spurts of cardio are the best way to train a mature active adult. These full body focused workouts will tone, strengthen and increase your heart and oxygen that feed your muscles. You may even loose a few pounds and have fun doing so!

What are your options:

Beginner Classes: These classes are offered for those people new to fitness or who haven’t exercised for a while and wish to slowly get back into working out in a group atmosphere. Every class starts with a warm up, a review of which movements we will be doing that day, focusing on proper form and the muscles the movements are intended to work, a full circuit workout at a slower pace and a cool down. Are you afraid there may be some movements that you are not physically able to do or might not be strong enough to do? Not to worry! Your coach is trained on how to substitute, modify or scale any movement so that you can still participate in the same class with everyone else.

Many of our members enjoy the social aspect of doing our classes. Friendships are formed and we gain inspiration from those we choose to surround ourselves with. There is power and accountability for signing up for a class and showing up even if maybe on a particular day you don’t feel like exercising. We guarantee that when you finish your class, you will feel stronger and ready to take on the day.

Personal One on One Training:

For some, being in a class setting is not something they are comfortable with. That’s ok! We offer personal one on one sessions where it is just you and a coach in the gym. This is a great way for you to learn the correct movements and the proper form so you are getting the most benefit from each movement. We learn together how your body moves, where we need to focus our training and what your body is capable of doing.

Find a friend and do it together! We also offer semi-private and small group training so if you have a friend or two that want to get fit together, we can set up a time and you can get fit and sweaty together.

Personal and semi-private training are great ways to get started. Some of our members do 5-10 sessions and then feel comfortable and confident to join our classes.

At Live Life Fit, we suggest that you start off slowly and build up your strength and stamina. Training 2-3 days for the first few weeks and then adding a third workout is a great way to start your journey. It’s one hour a day that you can devote to yourself, your health and your future. Start today on something that your future self will thank you for!

For more information, please feel free to reach out to us at info@livelifefit.ca or call us at 647-527-5580