My parents are finally starting to show some interest in working out, and I’d like to help them with it. They’ve both been sedentary for over 10 years, so I’m not exactly sure where to start. I’m currently looking through the beginners thread for some ideas, but I’m curious if anyone older has thoughts on how to go about starting a training plan.
A rough idea of their backgrounds–
My mom has been overweight for a while but has lost over 40# in the past 5 months through what sounds like pretty good nutrition (I gave her the 7 Habits article and she used that as a starting point.) Now that she feels better she wants to start looking better, too. When she was my age she was naturally very thin (I didn’t get those genes!) and never did any weight training or much cardio. She’s very physically active (housework, taking care of her father, etc.), so injuries shouldn’t be a huge factor for her.
My dad is still quite overweight, though my Mom has had an effect on him and he’s started eating better and losing some weight as well. A long time ago he used to lift, but I’m not sure what sort of programs he’s familiar with anymore. A big issue with him is the fact that his weight causes him a lot of pain- joints, back, etc. So I think the main concern for him is losing fat so he can start to feel better/have more energy/etc.
Both of them will be 56 soon- I’m not sure how much of a difference that makes. If anyone has any thoughts on how to get them started/help them make prgoress, I’d be very grateful to hear them. We’re getting them a gym membership for Christmas, and I wnat to help them get hte most out of it.
Thanks for reading this long post! -BG