There is no such thing as “it’s too late”, I teach women above 30 to stand on their hands and turn into back-rolls for the first time in their lives, so trust me when I say you can certainly start working out at any point in your lifetime. Guess what, here is my top tips to help you start.
Suitable, not just fashionable
Although there are many types of workouts that are fashionable at the moment, they are not all necessarily the best for you to start with. Your workout needs to be kind to your body. Make sure you select a type that will be gentle on your joints, that will help you build muscle slowly but surely without damaging your joints. Another factor to consider is a workout that will not cause you immense agony of running short on breath. Pilates and yoga are great choices along with dance based workouts.
Be realistic with your commitment
It is important that you select a workout that is easy for you to commit to. Apart from the fact that it certainly needs to be something you enjoy, ensure you select a workout facility that is already on your way home/work-place. The less you have to get out of your way, the easier it is for you to commit after you start.
“The most important part of starting a new workout is paying attention to your nutrition and sleep.”
Start slow, take it easy
We all get psyched up and ambitious when we start something new and it is very easy to develop a new obsession. Remember your body needs time to adapt and change, in order to keep up with excitement. Start by working out 2-3 times per week, then move it up to 4-5 times so your body can get more accustomed. Remember that having at least 1 rest day per week is vital for your body to recover.
Don’t be afraid of trying
It is perfectly acceptable and maybe even encouraged for you to try multiple places before you commit to one. Find a space you are comfortable in, with practitioners you value and a workout you enjoy, your workout community can also increase your motivation in multiples!
“It is important that you select a workout that is easy for you to commit to.”
Sleep and Eat
The most important part of starting a new workout is paying attention to your nutrition and sleep. The countless events of clients collapsing and feeling faint/dizzy during their session are almost always a result of lack of sleep or food. Make sure you sleep well and that you eat at least 90 minutes before your class, it is your body’s petrol!
Now get googling and book your first session!
Manar El Mokadm, known as Mint, is the Founder of the first pole school in Egypt, Pole Fit Egypt. She is a UK Interior Architecture graduate and a Swiss Certified Feng Shui Consultant. This game changer is based in Cairo and spends most of her time upside down.