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If you are struggling to cope with formal exercise programmes – don’t fret. We all struggle. But if you make even a small increase in your activity levels it can improve both your physical and mental wellbeing. Try the following...

1. Something is better than nothing

  • When looking after grandchildren – take them outside
  • Use your bus pass – you’re on your way to somewhere, even a walk about the town
  • Learn a new skill – it’ll get you out of the house
  • Break up long periods of sitting – move about during the ad breaks on TV!

2. Get a Friend

  • Will help maintain motivation
  • Go for coffee and a walk
  • Maintain social activities, making the effort to get out to local clubs and church groups help you stay active

3. What is stopping you?

  • Bad weather - walk around a shopping centre
  • Time - even 10minutes counts
  • Laziness - team up with a friend
  • Don’t like exercise - find something else that is active, eg. dancing, or if you like watching sports go and watch your local team, beats sitting on the sofa
  • Pain - see your GP

Remember it is never too late to start and you are not too old - get out and move!


Information provided by AGILE - a Professional Network of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy that specializes in rehabilitation for older people and specific expertise in Osteoporosis, Falls, Parkinson’s disease and exercise.

Further information

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575

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