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Barriers to being active

There are many reasons why some people aren’t as active as others. Some are real reasons and some are excuses, but whatever the reason, we need to find a way of overcoming these obstacles and make a start. Do any of these sound familiar to you?

“I don’t have the time.”
Make physical activity your priority and plan to make time for some activity every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Find a certain time each day to do some activity. For example, stretching whenever you’re waiting for the kettle to boil or during a TV break, walking more briskly than usual, or always using the stairs instead of a lift or escalator.

“I’m too tired.”
You may be surprised that, once you start being more active, you’ll have more energy, and feel less tired and more relaxed. If you find that you’re very tired, and unable to perform simple exercises, check with your GP that there’s no underlying physical reason for this.

“I’m not old enough to worry about this yet.”
We know that our bodies start to decline physically after the age of 30, and being inactive speeds up that decline. It’s never too soon to start investing in your future. So if you want to be fit and active even when older, best to start now.

“I have no-one to do it with.”
Invite a friend, relative, neighbour or work colleague to go for a lunchtime walk with you. If you join a class or group you will meet new people and make new friends.

“It’s too expensive.”
Walking is free and so are many other lifestyle activities such as walking up and down the stairs several times a day or doing some strength exercises at home.

“There’s nothing to do where I live.”
If that’s the case, be active around your home. And walk to and from local places whenever you can – for example, when you go to the shops, or to a friend’s house.

“I’ve never been the sporty type.”
You don’t need to be sporty to live an active life. There are many other activities – like gardening, dancing or an exercise to music class. Why not try something new and see if you enjoy it?

“I might injure myself.”
Whenever you do some activity, start slowly and work at your own pace. There’s no need to overdo it. If you take part in moderate activities like walking or swimming, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll get injured.

“My health isn’t good enough.”
Physical activity can help with most health conditions. If you have health concerns, ask your Doctor for advice on what sort of activity would help you before starting.

“I’m getting too old.”
You’re never too old to make a start and you will still feel the benefits, perhaps sooner than you think! Many clubs and groups are organised for people of older ages.

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