Does it make you want to move a bit more?
Often it’s all about your outlook
Having a positive outlook can work in your favour to increase your motivation. Instead of thinking about all the ‘cant’s’ and ‘shoulds’ why don’t you change your thinking around so that your thoughts are about ‘cans’ and ‘wills’. Why don’t you write yourself a list all the positive reasons for being more active, and then list all the things in your life that can help you get more active. Having these lists handy can help to increase your motivation to be more active and help you to overcome some of the barriers that you might currently experience which stops you from being active.
There are so many benefits
- Improve your health:
- Reduce your blood pressure
- Improve diabetes control
- Increase bone density and muscle strength
- Reduce or maintain your weight
- Manage depression
- Feel good and boost your mood
- Increase your confidence and improve your self-esteem
- Socialise and make friends
- Sleep better
- Have more energy
- Reduce stress
- Save money on transport and vehicle maintenance
What can you do?
Getting a good balance between planned and incidental activity is best – incidental is most beneficial in keeping your weight in check, and planned exercise where your heart rate rises usually gives you the additional health benefits for preventing and managing diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Incidental activity can be as simple as getting up to talk to a colleague at work rather than emailing them, or walking one block further than you usually would before work. Any way that you can move instead of being still or sitting is a good thing!
But I’ve got ailments!
This may be the case, but in most circumstances there are still activities that you can do which won’t exacerbate your health condition. Sometimes this means tailoring the type of exercise that you do so that you are working the parts of your body that are still good, or reducing the intensity, or doing activity in shorter bursts. It’s best to see a Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist so that you can get help to engage in activity within your physical abitities.
View activity as an opportunity every single day and figure out ways you can add activity into your usual routine – however and whenever you can!