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5 Gym Workout Tips for Seniors

By Brandi Goodman 

Aging adults need to work out so they can maintain their strength, stamina, and balance. However, it can be difficult as a senior to work out well in the gym without fear of getting hurt in the process. With some gym workout tips in mind, you can better manage your time in the facility and utilize the equipment with ease. 

Try a Senior-Based Class

Lots of fitness classes available at gyms and similar facilities cater to the younger crowd. You may not be able to move as quickly in a high-energy class, but plenty of senior-based options are available that work at a slower pace. You can get together with others in your age range and follow along with an instructor. Water aerobics options are ideal because they're easier on the joints and make movement less painful for those with arthritis and other ailments. 

Ask an Instructor

If you find a machine you want to try but aren't quite sure how to use it, ask an instructor or one of the workers at the front desk. There's typically someone available to answer questions and offer help. You may also want to work one-on-one with an instructor or trainer for a personalized experience and better guidance on which machines will work well for you.

Start at a Lower Weight or Pace

Machines that utilize weights or options that require you to pick a pace can be hard when you're trying too much or going too fast. Start out with a lower weight range or slower pace so you can get the hang of the machine. You want to work your way up, and trying to start too high will only result in a painful experience. 

Try Yoga

Yoga is great for older adults looking to enhance flexibility and improve balance. You'll work on deep breathing techniques and easy poses that help you get centered. Find a gym that either offers yoga classes or has mats and resistance bands available so you can go at your own pace. 

Wear the Right Shoes

The shoes you wear can play a major role in whether you're staying upright while you exercise. Never wear flats, heels, or clunky boots. You want tennis shoes with plenty of support and a good grip that will help you remain on your feet. This is necessary at any age -- but especially when you're already having trouble balancing. 

Fitness needs to be maintained at every age. Seniors -- do what you can to work out safely at the gym and keep your exercise routine going. Your body and mind will thank you. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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