Starting to Exercise Again after a Break
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. Just try to get back to your activities as soon as possible.
- Think about the reasons you started exercising and how much you’ve already accomplished.
- Write down your goals, put them where you can see them, and renew them regularly.
- Start again at a comfortable level, and gradually build back up.
- Try an activity you’ve never done before. Mixing up your physical activities can help reduce boredom and keep you motivated.
- Believe in yourself!
Sometimes the reason you stop exercising is temporary, and at other times it’s permanent. Here are some ways to help manage these setbacks.
- When you’re on vacation, get out and see the sights on foot or visit the hotel fitness center.
- Caring for an ill spouse or relative can sometimes interrupt your exercise routine. Make sure you are finding time to stay active. Ask a friend to help out for a while so you can go for a walk.
- If your exercise buddy moves away, sign up for an exercise class at the senior center. This is a great way to meet other active people.
- Sometimes certain health conditions may affect your ability to be active, talk to your doctor about the best activities for you to do.