Stay Motivated to Exercise

Exercising regularly is one of the biggest components of a healthy lifestyle and that is especially true as we age. Exercise helps our physical and mental health, improves sleep, gives us more energy, and helps lower our risk of many chronic conditions. However, it can be hard to stay motivated to exercise, especially as an older adult, which is why we put together our top tips to help.

  1. Exercise with a friend. Exercising with a loved one is a great way to keep exercising day after day. Not only does exercising with a friend make the activity more enjoyable as a whole, but you can also help hold each other accountable. Both of you know you need to show up because someone else is waiting for you and counting on you. Whether it’s a walk around your shared neighborhood, a workout at a local gym, or a class, you’ll both be more likely to exercise because you’re doing it together. 
  2. Join a group class. Whether you choose to exercise with a friend or not, being around other people while you’re exercising can keep you motivated. Your class instructor will help you modify exercises if you need to based on your age and health status, but they will also help to keep you on track and push yourself. Working out with others is often more enjoyable than doing it by yourself as well, and it can be a great opportunity to meet new friends. You can even find senior specific classes offered by SCOA at
  3. Choose activities you enjoy. Who wants to show up to exercise if you hate it? It should be a no brainer, but don’t try to make yourself go for a run if you don’t like running. Instead, try to choose activities you already enjoy, whether it’s talking to friends while you walk around your neighborhood or park, a sport, or a class you’ve always wanted to try. This will help you lace up those tennis shoes and exercise consistently. 
  4. Celebrate your successes. If you want to keep exercising, it’s important to celebrate what you’re doing right. Whether it’s a small or big success, it’s important to give yourself credit for your hard work and effort. This could be something as small as showing up to that yoga class you’ve always wanted to take or increasing how much you’re walking each day. 
  5. Get outside. Spending time outdoors can be a great way to inspire you to keep going. Being in nature is peaceful, calming, and can have a big impact on your physical and mental health. If you’re tired of your time at the gym, try walking around your neighborhood, exploring a local park, or try to see if you can find an outdoor exercise class.