Starting to Exercise Again after a Break
Vacation? Flu? Out-of-town guests? Many things can interrupt your physical activity routine, but you can start again and be successful. Here are a few ideas to help.
- 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.
- Start again at a comfortable level, and gradually build back up.
- Try an activity you’ve never done before.
- Believe in yourself!
Sometimes the reason you stop exercising is temporary, and at other times it’s permanent. Here are some ways to manage these breaks.
- When you’re on vacation, get out and see the sights on foot or visit the hotel fitness center.
- Caring for an ill spouse can understandably interrupt your exercise routine. 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.
- Hip surgery can affect the types of exercise that you do.
- Talk to your doctor about the best activities for you to do.
Be flexible and creative. If your grandchildren come for a visit, reschedule your exercise for their nap time, or better yet take them with you on a walk.