How to Start Exercising After Taking a Break

Has it been a while since you’ve exercised? Life can sometimes get in the way of your physical activity routine. Whether it’s a vacation, illness, or other commitment that interrupted your exercise schedule or you just got lazy, you can start again and achieve success. The important thing is not to get down on yourself if you had a lapse. Pick yourself up from here and go on. Remember, your body needs regular exercise.

The National Institute of Health suggests the following:
Think about the reasons you started exercising and how much you’ve already accomplished.
1. Start again at a comfortable level and gradually build back up.
2. Try an activity you’ve never done before.
3. Believe in yourself!

The next time a break in your routine occurs, try these strategies to help you stick with your physical activity plan:

1. When you’re on vacation, get out and see the sights on foot or visit the hotel fitness center.

2. Caring for an ill spouse can understandably interrupt your exercise routine. Ask a friend to help out for a while so you can go for a brisk walk.

3. If your exercise buddy moves away, sign up for an exercise class at a nearby senior center or fitness center. This is a great way to meet other active people.

4. Hip surgery can affect the types of exercise you do. Talk to your doctor about the best activities for you to try.

5. Be flexible and creative. If your grandchildren come for a visit, reschedule your exercise for their nap time or, better yet, take them with you on a walk.

Regular readers of the blog know that I am a fervent believer in the benefits of exercise on both body and brain. Check out my Page – Important Facts About Your Brain (and Exercise Benefits).

Eat less; move more; live longer.



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5 responses to “How to Start Exercising After Taking a Break

  1. Samantha

    I recently had to switch gyms and had decided to take a week-long break from exercising, especially because I had a sore toe and painful knees. But after four days I thought I was going crazy, that’s how much I missed working out :p So I started classes earlier than planned, while being extra careful for my toe and knees. Working out makes me happy, I can’t imagine ever wanting to stop, so I hope I get to enjoy it for a long while 🙂
    Great post, Tony!

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