Exercise: How to Stay Active

Build on the Benefits

Adjusting Your Routine

Once you start exercising and becoming more physically active, you'll begin to see results in just a few weeks. You'll feel stronger and more energetic, and you'll notice that you can do things easier, faster, or for longer than before. This tells you that your body is getting used to a higher level of activity. Now is the time to build on those benefits by adjusting your routine and doing more.

When you adjust your level of activity, remember to keep your starting point in mind and to review your goals, too. For some people, switching from 1- to 2-pound weights is a big step forward. For others, building up to walking briskly or even running is a reasonable goal.

How to Build on the Benefits

Ways to build on the benefits include

Do the Activities More Often

Do the Activities Longer, Farther, or Harder

Add New Activities

Be creative. Try some new activities to keep your interest alive.