Fitness: Getting and Staying Active - Staying Active
Finding what works for you
When you have decided that you want to
get fit, you will want to plan a
physical activity routine. Although most people think of
classes and specific activities (such as jogging or tennis) as the way to
fitness, there are many ways you can work physical activity into your
- Fitness: Adding More Activity to Your Life
- Fitness: Choosing Activities That Are Right for You
One Woman's Story:
realized that I had put myself on the back burner for too long and it was time
for me to make time for myself, even if it was just a few minutes a day. I wrote myself a note and taped it to my bathroom mirror. It said, 'I
will take a 10-minute walk during my morning coffee break every day this week.' " —Shellie
Read more about Shellie and how she became more active.
Fitness classes or groups
provide a consistent approach to an activity. Local gyms, schools, and churches
may sponsor a regular fitness group. Teams also provide a consistent approach
to fitness but are more competitive. Many communities have physical activity
programs to help adults and children get fit. They often are found within
social agencies and schools.
Structured fitness has the advantage
- Being held at the same time and place, which may
be easier for some people to schedule.
- Having a social atmosphere.
- Providing support and "healthy" peer
pressure to show up and participate.
- Sometimes being led by a certified fitness professional.
Many people find an activity
they enjoy, and then they create their own fitness
program. Self-directed fitness gives you:
- Flexibility as to the time and place.
- The ability to try different types of exercises.
For this to be effective, you must set up a regular
schedule and stay with it.
Fitness within your day
You can use "everyday"
activities for fitness, as long as you do them regularly. This includes: