You’ve made a plan to be more active. You may have even started to exercise. But how do you keep going? How do you make exercise and physical activity a permanent part of your daily life?
Set yourself up to succeed right from the start.
- Make exercise a priority. Put physical activity on your “to do” list every day.
- Make it easy and fun. Do things you enjoy, but pick up the pace a bit.
- Make it social. Ask a friend or family member to be your exercise buddy.
- Make it happen. Choose to be active in many places and many ways.
And don’t worry if your exercise routine is interrupted. You can start again and be successful!
Be sure to set realistic goals, regularly check your progress and celebrate your successes. And don’t forget why you’re being active. Focus on the benefits, like feeling stronger and having more energy. Soon, you’ll notice that you can do things easier, faster, or for longer than before. If you can stick with an exercise routine or physical activity for at least 6 months, it’s a good sign that you’re on your way to making it a regular habit.
And, of course, rely on Go4Life! Our tip sheets are full of ideas to keep you going. Explore My Go4Life — record your physical activity, track your progress, and find new ways to be physically active. Read the real-life success stories of people just like you and get inspired.