Exercise: How to Stay Active

Frequently Asked Questions

5. I've been exercising for some time now and I'm not seeing any more real improvements. What can I do to see more progress?

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.

Here are ways to adjust your routine.

  • Do your current activities more often. For example, you can head over to the gym three times a week instead of two, spend time in your garden more often, or walk every day.
  • Do your current activities longer, farther, or harder. For example, if you walk 30 minutes at lunch time every day, make it 40 minutes. If you only have 30 minutes for lunch, pick up the pace so you're walking faster and farther in the same amount of time. If you usually swim half a mile, build up to three-quarters of a mile.
  • Add new activities. For example, sign up for dance lessons, join a water aerobics class, or check out several exercise videos from the library and do different ones on different days.