Your Fitness Questions – Answered!
I love hearing your questions about fitness. Here are some that are asked most often. Food for thought!
Question: Older people don’t need to lift weights, right?
Answer: Wrong! Resistance training is ESSENTIAL for everyone as we age, for many indisputable reasons. Humans start to lose muscle mass regularly in their 30s, and if we don’t work to build muscle, we eventually become frail. That leads to balance problems, falls, broken bones, and more. Plus, lifting weights helps to keep us lean, to sleep better, and to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol.
Question: Does muscle weigh more than fat?
Answer: No. A pound is a pound is a pound. BUT muscle is denser than fat and takes up less space in our bodies – about 22% less space.
Question: Is the “no pain, no gain” idea for real?
Answer: No, it is not. Some discomfort might be normal when starting a new activity, but many types of pain are not – like joint pain and tendon strains. If you’re new to exercise, don’t ignore pain. Talk to a trainer or healthcare professional to help you distinguish between normal and concerning discomfort.
Question: Do I have to go to the gym every day?
Answer: No. We recommend two or three times a week with us to start. Health experts suggest everyone needs 150 hours a week overall of moderately strenuous cardio exercise, and at least two strength training sessions a week. You can break that up into chunks of time that fit your schedule, and you don’t have to do it all here.
Question: When will I start seeing results?
Answer: Everyone is different, and it depends on your goals, but most people report that they start seeing differences within the first two to three months. Many also notice that they start to feel better and move better within a few weeks.
Question: Do I need expensive clothes and shoes?
Answer: Not at all. Don’t be worried about the “fitness fashion” you might see in the media or the stores. Dress comfortably in whatever you have and don’t worry about “looking good.” We just want you here and moving!
Question: Should I focus just on losing weight?
Answer: No way! Losing weight is a common goal. But don’t get too hung up on that number on the scale. There are so many more benefits. You’ll feel better, move better, and look better. If you also lose weight, that’s good, too.
Question: Can I work out even though I have arthritis?
Answer: Yes, you can – and should. It might seem counterintuitive but think about exercise as providing lubrication for your body. It lessens pain and stiffness by taking pressure off aching joints, and it can ease joint inflammation and stiffness.
What questions do you have? I’m here with answers!