New Year, New Fitness Routines for Older Adults


Last updated 1/3/2023 at 9:06pm | View PDF

Gyms tend to be full the first week of January as people set out on their fitness-related New Year’s resolutions. By the end of the month, however, the crowds have usually thinned.

For older adults, the new year is as good a time as any to make progress on health and fitness – but how do you keep it going for the long-term?

Here are a few steps you can take to help ensure that your New Year’s resolutions stick:

Consult a Doctor

Before embarking on any new fitness regimen, check with your doctor to get a sense of what your body can and can’t handle. Attempting activities that aren’t right for you can lead to frustration or even injuries that will only cause you to stop.

Start Small

Many people start the year with a goal of completing a marathon. But before running 26 miles, they have to be able to run one. Think of your goals the same way: you can’t improve all at once, it’s a long process. So set smaller, incremental goals and gradually work your way up. By accomplishing smaller goals, it will keep you motivated to continue.

Make Fitness a Habit

Starting a new fitness routine can be a mental challenge as much as a physical one. You need to be intentional about making it a regular part of your week. That might mean setting alerts on your phone to remind you to work out, or establishing consistent days and times during the week when you take part.

Use the Buddy System

A great way to help achieve your goals is to start a fitness program with a friend or loved one. Not only does it help build accountability, but it has the added benefit of doing your workout in a more fun, social way. Who doesn’t want to go for a brisk walk with a good friend?

This article was provided by Prestige Assisted Living at Visalia, which offers fitness programming. For more information, visit or call (559) 735-0828.


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