Fitness: Getting and Staying Active - Staying 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:
Preparing for slip-ups
normal to try to change a habit, go along fine for a while, and then have a
setback. Lots of people try and try again before they reach their goals.
What are the things that might cause a
setback for you? If you have tried to make changes in your activity level
before, think about what helped you and what got in your way.
By thinking about these
barriers now, you can plan ahead for how to deal with
them if they happen.
Here's one person's list of barriers to taking a brisk
30-minute walk every day, along with some possible solutions:
"I might be too busy."
- My backup plan will be to break my usual 30-minute
walk into two 15-minute walks or three 10-minute walks.
- I will
promise to meet my friend or neighbor every day for a walk.
"I might get bored."
- I'll listen to music or podcasts while I
- I'll get my neighbor to walk with me.
"It might rain."
- I'll buy a good rain jacket.
- My backup
plan will be to use an exercise DVD or a treadmill in front of my TV when the
personal action plan(What is a PDF document?) to write down your barriers and backup plans.