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

I can't be more active because…

Page last updated: March 2009

Excuses……and how to overcome them

"It's so boring on your own . . . but it's OK if you have a friend to go with. I walk with my daughter and we have a bit of a chit-chat and catch up on the local gossip."

"For 27 years my GP has been telling me I should do more physical activity – but I never did anything. Then six weeks ago my friend took me to an exercise class and I have been going with her every week. I feel so much better, I wish I had done it earlier."
  • I don't have the time
Make it a priority, make time. Get into a routine. Take every chance you can to be active, even if it's only for a few minutes – do exercises while waiting for the kettle to boil or while watching TV (see pages 19–20).
  • I'm too tired
Once you get started, you will have more energy and feel less tired.
  • I have a health problem and exercise might make it worse
Most health problems can be helped by activity. Talk to your doctor – they may be able to write an ' activity prescription' for you (see pages 16–17 for more information).
  • I might get injured
If you walk or swim it is unlikely that you will get injured.
  • I can't afford it
Try to find an activity that is free. Walk more instead of driving.

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  • I have no-one to do it with
Persuade a relative, neighbour or friend to be active with you. Play with the grandchildren in the park. Join an activity or walking group. Take out a gym membership.
  • It's too hot/cold/raining
Get up early to beat the heat or walk in an air-conditioned shopping centre. If it's cold, wear gloves. If it's raining, take an umbrella.
  • I'm too old
You are never too old – there is always something you can do.
  • There's nothing to do where I live
Be active around your home – do exercises at home (see pages 19–21).
  • I don't have transport
Walk to and from places (the shop, letterbox or a friend's house).
  • I'm afraid I will wear out
You will wear out more quickly if you do nothing.
  • I've never been the sporty type
You don't have to play sport to be active – try gardening, dancing, walking or exercise to music.

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