Choose Health: Be Active: A physical activity guide for older Australians

Overcoming setbacks

Page last updated: March 2009

Staying active on a regular basis can be a challenge. Sometimes, things come up that break your normal routine, like going on holiday, an injury or a personal matter. The key is to treat the setback as temporary and to get back on track as soon as you can.

Common setbacks . . . and how to overcome them

Coming back after injury or illness?
Take it easy when you begin again, do small amounts of activity until you feel better, but, if you feel pain, stop.

Does your activity time no longer suit you?
Change your routine to make your activity time more convenient.

No fun being active by yourself?
Invite a friend, neighbour or relative to do some physical activity with you. You can help motivate each other and have a lot of fun.
Join a club or leisure centre for activities like social tennis, bushwalking, Tai Chi or gentle exercise. Being active with a group of people can be very sociable.

Do your activities seem boring?
Maybe it’s time to try something new or involve someone new in your activity.

Does it seem like too much effort?
Set some new short term goal - give yourself a reward when you achieve them.

Lost the urge?
Try something different. Think about the benefits of being more active.