Use these activities to inspire older adults to make plans to increase their level of physical activity.
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.)
Share the Benefits of Regular Exercise
- Kick off the month with “Get Ready! Start Moving! Keep Going!”, a Go4Life slide presentation to inspire sedentary or semi-sedentary older adults to get started with regular exercise.
- Show the 4-minute Go4Life video, “Stay Independent with Regular Exercise” to see how regular exercise makes it possible to carry out everyday activities as you age.
- Invite a local health expert to talk about the benefits of exercise. Make available the free Go4Life materials you have ordered.
- Hang Go4Life Posters.
- Ask older exercisers at your facility to share the benefits they have gained through regular exercise and physical activity.
- Watch a few of these inspirational exercise videos describing how institute directors at the National Institutes of Health maintain their exercise routines.
Encourage Goal Setting
Ask people to identify why they want to exercise (i.e., to have more energy, be stronger, play with grandkids) and then to set goals for what they want to accomplish. Consider both short- and long-term goals. Encourage people to write down their goals, put them where they can see them, and review them regularly.
- Print and hand out these Go4Life tracking tools to help older adults get ready to move:
Address Barriers to Exercise
Exercise is good for almost everyone, but there are so many things that can get in the way of staying active. It’s time for some positive thinking. No more excuses!
- Share this article with older adults: Overcoming Barriers to Exercise: No More Excuses
- Hand out, email, or post this infographic on a wall: No More Excuses! Overcome Exercise Barriers
- Ask older exercisers at your facility to share how they overcame their barriers to exercise.
It’s important for older adults to know how to safely engage in exercise and physical activity.