skip to Main Content
$300 loan.
a man sits in nature doing yoga

Some people are active or play sports well into middle age, so continuing past age 60 is simply staying the course. But for others, inspiration to get moving is the first hurdle. Our experts offer the following ideas.

  1. Consider the why before the how. Be mindful of your reasons for moving, advises geriatric psychiatrist Ramesh Sairam, MD. “Reflect on what your goals are for this stage of your life: It’s good to say, ‘I’m doing this for a positive reason,’ as opposed to, ‘I’m doing this to stave off something.’” Mentally, being active every day to fend off muscle loss is much harder than working out to maintain strength and improve mobility. “A positive motivation will keep pulling you in the right direction — it has to have meaning and purpose.”
  2. Think beyond traditional exercise. There are many ways to be active. “Exercise doesn’t have to be structured. It could be in the form of gardening, hiking, dancing, playing sports, or other everyday chores you do,” says physiologist Anoop T. Balachandran, PhD. (For more on the many activity options, see “6 Steps to Create a Fitness Routine You’ll Love“.)
  3. Start slow. “Always move up gradually in intensity and duration: This will prevent injuries — and you may enjoy the activity more this way,” advises Balachandran.
  4. Find an exercise partner. “The best motivator I’ve seen is a training partner,” says elite triathlon and cycling coach Joe Friel, author of more than a dozen books, including Fast After 50 and the Training Bible series. “Agreeing to meet someone for a workout or exercise session on a regular schedule is very effective.”
  5. Have fun! “Enjoy whatever you do,” says Balachandran. “If you don’t, find an activity that you do enjoy. What we clearly know is that most people start exercising but stop within a few months because they don’t enjoy what they’re doing.”
  6. Think long term. “Make health a gift to yourself,” advises Joan MacDonald, a 70 year old fitness influencer. Look up great workouts and recipes, nurture your mindset, and give yourself some accountability. “Over time, if you keep it up you will see a change. Seeing the change will inspire you to keep going.”

This was excerpted from “Fit for the Ages” which was published in the November 2021 issue of Experience Life magazine.

Michael Dregni

Michael Dregni is an Experience Life deputy editor.

Thoughts to share?

More From Life Time

A group of three mature adults participating in a water aerobics class.

ARORA at Life Time

ARORA is a collection of fitness, social and educational programs designed for people who want to stay active, healthy, social — and have fun all the days of their lives.

Learn More About ARORA


More Like This

a senior couple rides their park along on park trail

Fit for Life: You’re Never Too Old to Get Moving

By Michael Dregni
One of our greatest misconceptions is that we reach peak fitness when we're young, and then it’s all downhill. Here are fitness tips for life — no matter your age.
A Life Time trainer coaching a gray-haired woman using dumbbells.

Discover ARORA

By Molly Schelper
Learn all about Life Time’s latest collection of activities designed for those who want to stay active, healthy, and social as they age.
A group of mature adults in the pool doing water aerobics.

Which ARORA Class Is Right for You?

By Emily Ewen
Learn more about Life Time’s latest collection of fitness classes designed for healthy aging — and find the one that best fits your goals.
Back To Top