So, you have reached the age of fifty ( or it passed you by some time ago ! ) and you are thinking that you should really do some exercise. Well, isn’t that what the papers say ? Not to mention our family doctor, who keeps nagging us to do more exercise or even worse, lose that excess weight we have been carrying for far too long.
Starting exercise after the age of fifty is HARD work. We get into a comfort zone and find it difficult to move out of it. It’s easy to get stuck in the same routine every day, whether we are working or retired. We walk the same routes, we eat the same foods. We watch our regular TV programmes every evening and we have the obligatory bedtime drink before turning in at the same time.
While routine is good I don’t believe it keeps us motivated. This is especially true if we are retired. It is so easy to become dragged into a sedentary way of life once we no longer have to go to work. This can be our downfall into poor health. I watched my own father slide into this life of lethargy once he had retired. He sunk into one illness after another and passed away at a relatively young age. I promised myself I would not let this happen to me or my husband.
Nowadays people are retiring early, around the age of fifty, if you are lucky enough. So, just think of all the years ahead that you have. You have so much potential for your retirement years. Think of the travel opportunities, the adventures and the memories you can create now you have all this free time. However, to fulfil all these retirement goals you need good health. Sadly from the age of fifty we really need to work hard on keeping our health, both physical and mental in tip top condition. It’s not easy but it can be done.
This blog post is about how being part of a health club can be just the thing you need to start you off on your new healthy living regime. As most of you know I am a member of the David Lloyd Club in Harrogate. I have written a few blog posts on this so please click here if you would like to read one of these posts. I am totally convinced that being part of this Club has been a life saver for my husband and I. Does that sound dramatic ? Yes, but I mean it sincerely and I hope this post will help you understand what I mean.
Before joining the David Lloyd Club, we were members of another small, local gym. However, I can honestly say that our experiences there were not happy and certainly not beneficial to us or our health. I would go into the small gym completely underwhelmed by the poor choice of equipment. There was no personal trainer, hardly any fitness classes and hence we had zero motivation. In short we were paying a considerable amount of money for just turning up. Consequently our health and weight issues never improved. We also lost our focus and drive and we reduced our visits until we were attending once a week, if that.
Then in February 2018 we joined the David Lloyd Club and WHAT A DIFFERENCE. We were astounded at the quality of the whole club with its extensive and up to date gym equipment. Along with the huge range of fitness classes, tennis centre and stunning pool, we were amazed at the facilities and that’s just the start. With a relaxing spa and beauty salon, children’s facilities and an amazing café that serves the nicest food ever, this Club is an absolute dream.
And let’s not forget the wonderful staff who go out of their way to make you feel welcome and cared for. When staff take the time to remember your name ( and your coffee preferences ) then you know you are enjoying the best customer service there is.
What sets this Club apart from the rest is the feeling of community. I feel like I am part of a club, a group of like minded people, a community. I have met some amazing people and made some wonderful friends, all because of my involvement in the Club. You will find all ages at the David Lloyd Club but everyone is so friendly and helpful. I have seen twenty year old members helping much older members with their fitness routine in the gym. And yes, I have even witnessed the more experienced older gym member helping a young person who may have just joined the club. It’s important to stress that been over fifty does NOT exclude you from being part of a gym environment.
I love the fitness classes and enjoy chatting to fellow members before and after class. Even during the class when we have difficulty with a new step or move, there is still that friendly interaction between members. I have honestly never witnessed this before in another club. I often enjoy coffee with other members before and after class or gym session. For me this is a big part of building friendships.
This feeling of community is SO important as we get older. Loneliness is a huge problem for older people particularly after they retire. Loneliness can play such a big part in poor health. Being part of a club like David Lloyd eliminates this loneliness as well as improving health of course. I look at the Club as a lifestyle now. It plays such a huge part of my life that I would be lost without it. I can even go work at the Club in between classes and in fact I am writing this now while at the Club in Harrogate. Yes, they even provide special quiet work rooms so we can incorporate the gym into our work day. How amazing is that ? Surely this improves our work productivity as we are relaxed and yet invigorated after our workout at the gym.
As many people over the age of fifty are turning to self employment as a way of leaving the rat race of corporate life, then this way of working is a dream. It should be heavily promoted across society, in my opinion. Instead of clocking in to an office and not seeing the light all day you can work in a place like a David Lloyd Club. You can take a swim or even have a game of tennis in between working.
Similarly if you are fully retired, then what a wonderful place to spend your days. Here you can improve your health, relax in the pool and spa area and chat to friends over a nice lunch and a coffee. Don’t forget you don’t have to be a gym addict to enjoy a Club like David Lloyd. This Club is not about body building or who looks the best in lycra. I know this is a massive worry for older people who want to join a gym and trust me, I went through all the same feelings and emotions.
This Club is all about community and about creating a lifestyle that suits you and benefits you. For me the Club in Harrogate is also a sanctuary. It’s a place I go to, to relax, to get away from the stresses of life, a place to think and re charge. And, as I get older I need this sanctuary more and more. Of course the most important thing is, that my health has improved 100% since attending the gym. I am now fitter with stronger muscles, excellent flexibility and suppleness. Even my generalised aches and pains that come with getting older have all gone !
If you are reading this thinking that the Club sounds too good to be true, well, it isn’t. It really has been a life saver to my poor health that was creeping up on me last year, which is quite common after the age of fifty. And from a mental health view point, it has given me back a focus in my life and positivity once more.
And on that note, I think it’s nearly time for my yoga class.
If you have any questions / queries about joining a Club then please message me. I will be only too happy to help.
Until next time dear friends
** This is a sponsored post but all words and thoughts are my own **