Many older adults decide to hit the gym in order to enjoy a healthier retirement living, but seniors should make sure they choose the appropriate trainer, too. Not only will this make the workout more effective, it will also be safer.
"Adults over 55 are the fastest growing segment of health club members [and] active adults between 50 and 75 years old are driving employment for personal trainers in programs that appeal to active retirees," Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Aging, said in a statement.
Because of this, seniors should ask a trainer some questions about their credentials before committing to a class or fitness routine.
One of the most important things to consider is experience, so try to ask how long the individual has worked as a trainer and inquire about their expertise with those in their retirement years.
Additionally, trainers should be aware of the differences between retirees and the health factors that may come into play.
Low-intensity exercises are often best for older adults. One machine that is often recommended is the elliptical machine, as it can provide a good workout that is customizable and won't strain one's bones, according to The Messenger Post.