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.