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5 Tips to Help You Stay Motivated to Exercise

Physical activity is a great way to boost your health and your mood. As you age, staying active can also help you continue doing the things you enjoy. Learn ways to make exercise fun and stay motivated.

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Exercise During COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic (global outbreak), it’s important to maintain a safe distance and other precautions when exercising. Public health guidelines to keep physical distance from others have slowed the spread of COVID-19, and older adults are at greater risk of COVID-19. However, it’s important for older adults to continue to exercise and be physically active. Use these tips to stay active while following the safety guidelines to protect yourself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more at


Five Tips to Help You Stay Motivated to Exercise

Being physically active is one of the most important things you can do each day to maintain and improve your health and keep doing things you enjoy as you age. Make exercise a priority with the following tips: 

  1. Find ways to fit exercise into your day. You are more likely to get moving if exercise is a convenient part of your day.
  2. Do activities you enjoy to make it more fun. Be creative and try something new!
  3. Make it social. Find a virtual “exercise buddy” to help keep you going and provide emotional support.
  4. If there’s a break in your routine, get back on track. Start slowly and gradually build back up to your previous level of activity. Ask your family and friends for support.
  5. Keep track of your progress. Make an exercise plan and don’t forget to reward yourself when you reach your goals.

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