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Is lack of time stopping you moving more?

Try being active for short periods and think of new ways to be active every day. For example, do some balance exercises while you wait for the kettle to boil, stand up when you are talking on the phone, get moving in the ad break of your favourite TV show.

Do you think you're too old or unfit to be active?

Physical activity has benefits at any age or level of fitness. To get started, choose a low intensity activity like walking, swimming or Tai Chi and start slowly, building up gradually. You can search for suitable exercise programs on this website, and many are tailored specifically for older people. You may need to visit your doctor first for a health check. You could also start with some of the home exercises on this website.

Do you have a health problem or a medical condition?

Physical activity has many benefits for people with chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes or heart disease. However, you may need specialist advice about the safest way to exercise, so you should consult your doctor, physiotherapist or exercise physiologist to develop a physical activity plan that is right for you. Remember to start at a comfortable level and build up your level of activity over time.

Try moving at different times during the day

Choose a time that is right for you to exercise. Some people prefer to exercise first thing in the morning, while others prefer to get “warmed up” and exercise later in the day. Choosing a regular time to be active can make it easier to fit in to your daily schedule. See exercise as an opportunity rather than an inconvenience. Do physical activities that you enjoy, this will help you fit it into your life.

Get your friends or family involved

Exercising with a friend or family member can help keep you motivated and also provides many social benefits. Alternatively, you may like to consider joining an exercise group- you can search for groups in your area on this website.

Set clear short-term fitness goals

Challenge yourself by writing down short-term fitness goals that you will aim to achieve every two weeks. This will give you a real sense of accomplishment and help those long-term goals seem closer and more attainable.

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