Overcoming obstacles: You may find yourself facing emotional obstacles to exercise as well as physical obstacles if you haven’t exercised in a long time, or if you never exercised before. Many people feel self-conscious about their bodies or discouraged by having to start over after an illness or injury. Seniors may be afraid of falling or otherwise injuring themselves. Try to focus on enjoying the exercise as much as possible, instead of on mobility, health, or medical issues. Don’t be discouraged if it seems very difficult at first. It takes about a month to develop a new habit, and it will get easier if you stick with it.
Staying Motivated: Exercise at your own pace, and set manageable goals. Accomplishing even the smallest fitness goals at first will help you gain confidence and keep you motivated. Affirm your commitment to your goals by writing them down and keeping them someplace visible, and by making regular “exercise appointments” that you write down and keep as you would a medical appointment. It’s easier to stay motivated if you’re having fun, so choose activities you enjoy, exercise with a partner, watch TV or listen to music while you exercise. Celebrate and reward your goals as you reach them.
Because she was committed to being, as she called it, “a young senior,” Francine didn’t miss a day of exercise. Her exercise peddler was light and portable, so she was able to bring it with her on visits to friends and family. Everyone supported her success and cheered her on as she became more stable and energetic.
Within a few months, her doctor gave her an excellent report, telling Francine she’d taken years off her gait and posture with the gentle, low impact exercise. As both a reward and a new challenge, Francine and her husband celebrated with a golf vacation. Francine played every day, and credits Drive’s exercise peddler with, “getting her blood moving again.”
With some guidance, Francine followed these steps to start using it: