Top Tips For Being Active

Published on 4th January 2019

Evidence shows that being active can improve musculoskeletal pain. And there are other benefits too, including reduced risk of the following:

  • Type 2 Diabetes (-40%)
  • Cardiovascular disease (-35%)
  • Falls (-30%)
  • Dementia (-30%)
  • Depression (-30%)
  • Joint and back pain (-20%)

 

A common reason for people not being more active is an issue with motivation. There are ways to keep your motivation high so that you continue to be active until it becomes part of a new routine for you. Choosing an active buddy is a good option, so whatever your choice of activity, find someone who also enjoys the same and make a date!

Top tips to help you to keep you focused on your 2019 health goals:

  1. Find something you enjoy! If one thing isn't for you, try something else!
  2. Ensure that you warm up before starting exercise and cool down afterwards.
  3. Start slow and build up gradually aiming for bouts of 10 minutes or more.
  4. Muscle soreness after physical activity is very common, particularly if you are new to exercise but it does not mean damage. As you get stronger and fitter, this will get better. Massage can help prevent delayed onset of muscle soreness.
  5. Function often improves before pain - strong muscles support joints.

 

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