Time to stay ac­tive as you progress in years

Rutherglen Reformer - - Later Liiving -

Age is just a num­ber, and it has never been truer than in to­day’s mod­ern think­ing so­ci­ety.

If you are 50 to­day, it means that you were born around 1967.

This means that you were there through some of the ma­jor ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy that has shaped the world we live in to­day.

The in­cred­i­ble ad­vances in me­dia, tele­vi­sion, film, mu­sic and of course com­put­ing, puts the cur­rent 50 plus mem­bers of so­ci­ety in prime po­si­tion for hav­ing un­der­stand­ing and ease of ac­cess to a new world of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and op­por­tu­nity.

The ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy that 50 plus-ers en­joy now, have meant that re­stric­tions in cer­tain as­pects of life have been lifted, and age bar­ri­ers are be­ing slowly bro­ken down.

One of the main ar­eas of in­cred­i­ble growth for peo­ple over the half cen­tury mark, is the fit­ness in­dus­try.

With fit­ness now a bil­lion dol­lar world wide in­sti­tu­tion, it is no sur­prise that gyms, spas and fit­ness classes tai­lor their fa­cil­i­ties to house the grow­ing mar­ket in clients over 50.

The great thing about the fit­ness in­dus­try th­ese days, is the so­cial as­pect that it at­tracts.

Gyms and stu­dios know that peo­ple want to be so­cial, so your health club th­ese days also dou­bles as a meet­ing place, where mem­bers can get to­gether for a chat over a cof­fee be­fore hit­ting the gym.

This kind of in­ter­ac­tion makes great busi­ness sense, as peo­ple are much more likely to con­tinue with a mem­ber­ship in a cen­ter that al­lows them time to re­lax in com­fort and with friends.

The 50 plus clients are also more likely to stay loyal to a busi­ness that they are com­fort­able with, so it makes sense that gyms now un­der­stand the im­por­tance of de­sign­ing sched­ules of events that suit that de­mo­graph.

If you are 50 plus and think­ing of join­ing a fa­cil­ity, here’s some things to look for.

With the UK now in­cred­i­bly aware of the ben­e­fits of stay­ing healthy, health clubs are boom­ing busi­ness, and this is good news for you, the con­sumer.

Gyms want your busi­ness, so don’t be scared to shop around. Many places will of­fer free tri­als. Look for a gym that in­cludes ev­ery­thing in it’s mem­ber­ship, no hid­den costs if you want to use the pool or the spa.

If you en­joy fit­ness classes, check that they are part of the mem­ber­ship too.

Look through the fit­ness classes on of­fer at the gym you choose.

Do they of­fer a wide range of ses­sions that you would like to try?

If you are new to fit­ness, you will need en­try level classes, if the sched­ule is full of HIIT classes such as Metafit, it may not be what you need.

Look also for ease of ac­cess to the pro­gram.

If you en­joy early morn­ing work­outs, see what is on of­fer and when the cen­tre opens.

If you pre­fer evening ses­sions, check the availability of classes in prime times.

And once you find a gym that suits, it will open a world of op­por­tu­ni­ties for you.

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