Exercise: How to Get Started

Frequently Asked Questions

7. Is it better to join an exercise class or group, or exercise on my own?

There are many ways to be active. The key is to find activities you truly enjoy. If you prefer individual activities, try swimming, gardening, walking or using exercise videos at home. Dancing or playing tennis may be for you if you enjoy two-person activities. If group activities appeal to you, try a sport such as basketball or join an exercise class. Some people find that going to a gym regularly or working with a fitness trainer helps them stay motivated.

(Watch the video to see a group of older adults doing exercise they enjoy. To enlarge the video, click the brackets in the lower right-hand corner. To reduce the video, press the Escape (Esc) button on your keyboard.)