As a mature mom, working out a Planet Fitness, I wanted to share some of my tips. I know it can be intimidating to go to the gym, as an older mom. Here are my tips to help you out when you head to Planet Fitness for the first time.
Know you’re not alone
When you’re going to Planet Fitness for the first time, know that you’re not alone. My first time going to Planet Fitness, I was nervous, but all the other members smiled at me. This gave me the confidence I needed to push forward.
Ask for help
There were a few things I was uncertain about when it came to the equipment at Planet Fitness. Seeing as I had not worked out in so long. I asked for help, and the staff was quick to help me out. Isn’t it awesome knowing you can walk into a place like Planet Fitness and get the help you need? Trust me; it’s a good feeling.
You get a lot for your money at Planet Fitness
I also love working out at Planet Fitness because I know I’m not spending a ton of money, but I get my money’s worth. It motivates me to get to the gym even more because I can afford it and it’s a great atmosphere.
Focus on functional exercises
I’m not saying to not challenge yourself, but we aren’t spring chickens anymore. For those of us who haven’t worked out in a while, we need to focus on helping our body work as a whole. A functional exercise allows your whole body to work together, an example would be a squat.
Make an exercise schedule
One of the best things you can do for yourself is make an exercise schedule. It’s nice to be able to exercise when you want, but a schedule helps to keep you accountable. It does take time to recover from an exercise session, so keep this in mind.
Know the best cardio options
Working out at the gym has taught me that at my age, it’s best to use something like the elliptical or the bike. These options put less stress on my body and help me to get in the cardio that I need. Of course, once I master these machines, you better believe I will be pushing myself even more.
Don’t forget strength training
Cardio is important, but don’t forget about strength training. Working on your strength helps you to stay strong and youthful. Plus, it helps prevent potential loss in your bones and muscles because everything is being used.
What’s it like going to Planet Fitness?
Heading into Planet Fitness to workout is kind of like enjoying that first sip of coffee for the day. The other gym members are friendly, and they are just as motivated to workout. If I were to describe Planet Fitness in a few words, it would be “judgment free zone.” I’ve never once felt judged while working out there, which is exactly what I’m looking for in a gym.
Get this: from May 1 – 12, new members can join any Planet Fitness location nationwide for just $5 down and then $10 a month with no commitment. You can find a club near you (and it’s likely closer than you think with more than 1,300 locations) at: http://planetfitness.com/local-clubs.
Some of the reasons I love working out at Planet Fitness is everyone is super nice, I never feel judged. There are more people who look like me than anything else. I love that it caters to the everyday person. I also love that our local Planet Fitness is open 24/7. Did you know that Planet Fitness has 10 million members? They have low prices and a commitment to their members, which I love.
There are also unlimited small-group fitness training available with your membership to Planet Fitness. Check out “Planet of Triumphs” which is an online community, where people like you and I can share our successes.
Always talk to your doctor before you start any sort of diet or exercise regimen. The content provided by Planet Fitness is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should consult your physician or other health care professional before following any fitness advice to determine if it is right for your needs.
Whether this will be your first time going to Planet Fitness or your 1,000th time, go you! I always feel welcomed, and I know there are millions of other Planet Fitness members working hard to reach their fitness goals. Mature moms, pregnant moms, and every other type of mom will love finding a new fitness home at Planet Fitness.