Behavior Change, Exercise

Tips For Coping with Breaks in Your Exercise Routine    

It’s normal to have life events and changes get in the way of staying active. However, there are ways to get yourself back on track. Remember, to get the most out of exercise and physical activity, they need to be a regular part of your life. 

You’re on vacation 

  • Many hotels now have fitness centers. Check out the facilities where you’ll be staying and bring along your exercise clothing or equipment (resistance band, bathing suit, or walking shoes). 
  • Get out and see the sights on foot rather than just by tour bus. 
  • Plan activities that involve exercise like bicycling, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, or swimming. 

Caring for an ill spouse, friend, or parent is taking up much of your time 

  • Work out to an exercise video when they are napping. 
  • Ask a family member or friend to come over so you can go for a walk. 

Your usual exercise buddy moves away 

  • Ask another friend to go with you on your daily walk. 
  • Ask other older adults in your area where they go for walks or what physical activity resources are available nearby. 
  • Join an exercise class at your local community center or senior center. This is a great way to meet other active people. 

You move to a new community 

  • Check out the fitness centers, parks, and recreation associations in your new neighborhood.  
  • Look for activities that match your interests and abilities. 

The flu keeps you out of action for a few weeks 

  • Wait until you feel better and then start your activity again. 
  • Gradually build back up to your previous level of activity. 

You are recovering from an injury 

  • Talk with your doctor about specific exercises and activities you can do safely when you’re feeling better. 
  • Ask for a referral for a physical therapist to get you back on track more quickly. 
  • Start slowly and gradually build up your activities as you become stronger. 

Source: National Institute on Aging