Finding the right gym or beginning a training regimen can be confusing, if not intimidating, for older people who have not worked out regularly. A good idea is to start with an assessment and lesson from a personal trainer. Some gyms will offer the first one free.
A small but increasing number of trainers are middle-aged or older; if you think they’ll understand your goals and limitations better, don’t be shy about seeking one out.
At 102, Ray Clark stays fit with the help of Thom Hunter, his 70-year old fitness trainer.
Here are some resources for older people interested in beginning an exercise program. As always, consult your physician before beginning any new workout regimen.
Go4Life: This National Institute on Aging campaign is devoted to fitness for people over 50.
American Council on Exercise:
This nonprofit organization certifies trainers and offers a list of trainers by location. It also offers exercises for older folks and answers to frequently asked questions about seniors and fitness
YMCA of Metropolitan Washington:
Fitness classes for seniors (
AARP: General health and fitness information
from the nation’s largest advocacy group for people 50 and older.
Forty and More Fitness: Thom Hunter is Ray Clark’s 70-year-old trainer at the Lakeforest Sport&Health club (firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-258-0661 or 301-452-2582).