Are you 65 and on a budget? Are you looking for ways to have fun without spending a lot of money?
People, you can have some fun at the gym! Stay and play awhile.
Some healthcare plans for seniors include free gym memberships! My husband is over 65. His health insurance provides him with a free gym membership. My gym membership to the same club is reasonably priced at $44 dollars- and comes with no contract- but you can’t beat FREE.
True believers- those of us who exercise consistently- know how great it feels to invigorate body and mind through exercise.
By the way, since 55 is the new 65, maybe the term “senior” should not be applied until you’re 75. If you’re someone who continues to maintained a consistent moderate fitness plan-one that includes eating whole foods and avoiding processed foods- then you know what I mean.
The gym can be fabulous even though there can be negatives for some people. You may not want to be seen in your workout clothes. Maybe you don’t like to hear people grunting or there are just too many mirrors!
If there’s a secret to sustaining a lifelong fitness habit, it’s this: include a plan for working out at home.
Don’t rely on going somewhere to get exercise. You’re smart if you include exercise in your home activities.
It’s great to spontaneously do a portion of your workout throughout your day- without getting into a car or taking time to look presentable in public.
Exercise is something you can easily do while at home. Basic movements using hand weights are easy to learn and do- regardless of your ability, age, weight, etc.
Whether you work out at home or at the gym, you can improve your body through strength training- regardless of what age you start. I’ll never forget the 82 year old woman who told me she cured her balance issues by strength training with her physical therapist. She began strength training for the first time when she was 80 years old.
However- big however- I’ve never been as thankful for a gym as when I was recovering from my frozen shoulder.
With my injury I needed additional resources- multiple ways to access and work out my injured area- than what I had available at home. The gym did the job.
With the help of a physical therapist and the gym I recovered really well from my injury.
There’s a lot of fun to be had at the gym- swimming pools, movie stars, just kidding…well movie stars do go to gyms- maybe not to the one I go to…
Spend more time at the gym. Learn how to strength train. Take a swim or a steam bath. Make it social. Bring a friend. Make 55- or even 45- the new 65!
If your healthcare plan provides a free gym membership, use it. Free healthy fun is waiting for you- at the gym. You won’t be spending any extra money and healthy feels good. Hang out at the gym!