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."
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).
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).
If you walk or swim it is unlikely that you will get injured.
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.
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).
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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