Keep Going for Life!
Use these activities to help older adults make regular exercise a habit.
Order and Distribute Free Go4Life Materials
- Order the Exercise and Physical Activity Guide and/or Workout to Go booklet and distribute them to older adults to have on hand during Go4Life Month. (Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.)
- Hold a “Subscribe to Go4Life” session with a group of older adults to help them sign up for Go4Life e-alerts and coaching tips. (Subscribe here.)
- Share the link to the National Institute on Aging on Facebook to get exercise tips and motivational coaching tips on a daily or weekly basis.
- Share this Go4Life article: Keep Going! Stay Motivated to Stay Active
- Share and/or briefly discuss the article Fitting Exercise and Physical Activity into Your Day.
Gradually Increase the Level of Effort
- Share this Monthly Progress Test tracking tool to help people keep track of the results they gain from regular exercise.
- To see how to revisit and reset exercise goals, share the article How to Set Your Fitness Goals
- When they are able, encourage people to do their activities longer, farther, or harder. For example:
- If they walk 30 minutes at lunch time every day, make it 40 minutes.
- If they only have 30 minutes for lunch, pick up the pace so they’re walking faster and farther in the same amount of time.
- If they usually swim half a mile, build up to three-quarters of a mile.
- Use a harder resistance band when they do strength exercises.
- After they do the 10-minute and 15-minute workouts, encourage them to try the 20-minute and then gradually progress to the 60-minute Go4Life workouts.
- Do their activities more often. For example:
- Spend time in the garden more often.
- Head over to the gym three times a week instead of two.
- Walk every day.
Vary the Activities
- Add new physical activities. Be creative! Have a discussion about new activities to try. Get ideas from these Go4Life articles:
- Outdoor Activities
- Activities for all Seasons: Fun Ideas for Being Active All Year
- Family Ideas for Fun and Good Health
- Have each person describe activities they enjoy or used to enjoy and write them on a flip chart or white board. Have members of the group choose at least one new activity from the list to try.
- Exercising with a buddy often helps people stay on track. Ask people to buddy up with a friend for exercise and/or to bring a friend to class.