It's one thing to start an exercise or activity program. It's quite
another to turn it into a habit so that you're staying active week in and week
out. If you're having problems staying with your plan, don't worry. You're not
You'll be glad to hear there are plenty of tips and tricks
you can use to get yourself back on track and stay there.
haven't started a plan yet to get more active, it may be helpful to
Fitness: Adding More Activity to Your Life.
Many of the benefits of being active, like having more
energy and just feeling better, happen soon after you become more active. But
some of the most important health benefits come with being active over
- Your reason for wanting to stay active is very
important. It won't work if you're doing it because someone else—your spouse,
your children, your doctor—wants you to. You have to
- If you started a program to get more active but don't
feel like you're making any progress, it may be time to update your
- If you started a program to get more active but are having
trouble keeping it going, it may help to figure out what's getting in your way.
Then you can figure out how to work around those barriers.
- Keep at
it, even if you slip up along the way. It can take months of
repetition to form a habit, so every day is a step in the right
What is involved in staying active?
Why do you want to stay active?
How do you stay active?
Where to go from here