How to support fitness at any age

When it comes to improving your health, wellness, and overall fitness level, it is never too late to start. People of all ages can feel better physically and mentally by adding regular exercise to their life. Here are a few ways to help you improve your fitness no matter your age.

1. Do an Activity You Enjoy

There are so many physical activities to choose from. Some people like lifting weights, others like riding bikes or swimming laps. Whatever activities you enjoy — and do not be afraid to pick more than one — are the ones you should do. Not only will it be easier to make a habit, but you will enjoy the experience instead of viewing it as a chore.

2. Focus on Form

One of the fastest ways to bring a fitness routine to a halt is excessive soreness or, worse, an injury. If it has been a while since you have exercised or you have never worked out before, go slow and focus on using good form. Slow and steady with proper technique is a better approach than fast and furious.

3. Give Yourself Time to Recover

It might seem counterintuitive, but rest and recovery are integral to physical fitness. After you work your muscles, let them rest. Do not overexert them or push it if you are sore. Listen to your body, follow a healthy diet, and get enough sleep every night if you want to see consistent progress.

4. Make It a Group Effort

Many people who begin a physical fitness program do not always stick with it as planned. One strategy to keep that from happening is to take part in a group activity that involves interaction with others. Yoga, Zumba, Bootcamp — there are a lot of group programs where you can feel encouragement from other people.

Get Fit With Us at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex

Young, old, or somewhere in between, it is never too late to make physical fitness part of your life. It is an effective way to support your health and improve your quality of life. We would be thrilled to have you join us here at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex and have many programs to choose from. You can get more information here.