5 tips for starting out

By Get Active 

Trying to get fit can be challenging at any age; but it can be even more daunting when you’re older and wondering whether its even possible. Rest assured, getting fit at any age is absolutely possible. We’ve put together our 5 top tips to help you.

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1. Speak to your doctor

No matter whether you’ve been sedentary for two or 20 years, it’s never too late to get back in shape. Even if you heave health conditions, physical limitations or are recovering from illness, you can exercise to improve your fitness. You can get further advice and support about exercise from a GP, or if you are a member of a gym, they may well have fitness instructors trained to a high standard who can give you good advice.

2. Find an exercise you love doing

You’re more likely to stick with something that you enjoy. There’s no better way to find activities that you love than to experiment with a variety of different types and classes. Experiment. Search on YouTube for inspiration. Try new things in your area. Join a gym or hire a personal trainer. Ask friends. Keep trying new things!

3. Don’t push yourself too hard to begin with

Building on activities that you already do can make a difference. Start off by doing a small amount of gentle activity that’s in your comfort zone and gradually increase the amount you do – both in terms of the time you spend exercising and the effort you put in. Activities can be easily worked into your daily routine and require almost no equipment, such as walking.

4. Exercise with friends or groups

Ask a family member or a friend or join a local sports’ club or group. Exercising with a friend or group can make it more fun and is a great way to keep you motivated. It’s also a great way to meet new people. Having someone to complete activities with, such as walking, also means you have help at hand if anything goes wrong.

5. Make Exercise a Part of Your Daily Routine

If you’re too busy for a regular workout, look for other ways to be in motion. Take a dog for a walk, take the stairs or download a free fitness activity tracker such as Strava, for iPhone and Android smartphone to turn exercising into a game. Each day you can measure how many steps you’ve taken and create activity goals for yourself.

To find activity sessions near you, try a search on the Get Active activity finder