Exercise: How to Stay Active

Frequently Asked Questions

8. When events cause permanent changes in my life, how can I stick with exercise and physical activity?

Sometimes the unexpected happens -- family illness, caregiving responsibilities, or the death of a loved one. All of these events can permanently change your life and interrupt your physical activity routines.

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. If you haven't exercised for several weeks or longer, 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.

Here are tips to help you stay active, or start up again, when there has been a permanent change in your life.