Exercise: How to Stay Active

Frequently Asked Questions

7. When there are temporary breaks in my exercise schedule, how can I get back on track?

Sometimes ordinary events can temporarily interrupt your exercise schedule and make it hard to stick with your activities. Getting older can mean more time for trips to see children and grandchildren or vacations away from home. Sometimes the flu will keep you out of action for a short time or bad weather or a change in your daily routine can hinder your movement. There may even be times when you just won't want to exercise, or it feels too hard.

During these times, it's important to remember the reasons you started exercising and the goals you created for yourself. You may want to ask family and friends to help you get back on track or talk with your trainer or doctor to get the boost you need to start again. The sooner you resume some sort of activity, the better you'll feel and the easier it will be to get back into your routine. Feel confident that even if your activity is interrupted, you can start again and be successful.

Here are tips to help you stay active during temporary breaks or start again if you've had to stop:

If you haven't exercised for several weeks, make sure you start back at a comfortable level, and then gradually build back up. With a little time, you'll be back on track.