I want to be active but I find exercise difficult
We all know moving more is good for us. But knowing the level of activity that's right for you, especially if you've just had a fall, an operation, or are living with a long-term health condition, can be difficult.
Being more active isn't about working up a sweat. It's just about moving more each day in whatever way works for you. Below are some activities that could help.
If you sit down a lot during the day, try to get up once an hour. If that's not possible, moving your arms and legs for a few minutes will help.
Standing without help
Work towards pushing up from sitting in a chair to a standing position without using a walker or leaning on someone else.
- Sit on a chair without arm rests, with your arms across your chest.
- Lean forward.
- Put your weight on your feet while leaning forward.
- Stand up by straightening your knees. Sit down again.
- Repeat this as many times as you feel able.
- Try to do this exercise 3 to 5 times a day.
Try some gentle stretches in bed or a chair every day to keep supple.
- While sitting or lying, bring your toes towards your shin and then point them toward the floor. Repeat for both feet.
- Sitting on a chair, lift your leg up off the seat, keeping your knee bent. Return to starting position and repeat.
- Sitting on a chair, pull your toes up, tighten your thigh muscle and straighten your knee. Hold for about 5 seconds, if you can, and then slowly relax your leg. Repeat for both legs.
- Sitting on a chair with your feet on the floor, bend your knee as much as possible. Repeat for both legs.
- Sitting on a stool, let your back drop and get rounded, then use your back muscles to straighten your back and arch it (but not too much!).
Walking between rooms
Walk from one room to another and back if you're steady on your feet, and time how long it takes. Try to beat your time each day.
Chair-based exercise classes
Lots of local Age UKs run chair-based exercises classes, where a trained instructor will take you through a series of simple, fun exercises to music you'll love.
They're also a great place to meet new people – lots of people come on their own to exercise classes and leave with a group of new friends!
I have trouble staying on my feet so I tend to fall over, but since coming to this exercise class I've found it very helpful.