We all know physical activity is important for our health and wellbeing, but â€˜exerciseâ€™ is one of those words that conjures up very different feelings for different people.
Youâ€™ll move more if you plan for physical activity.Â Aim for 30 minutes of physical exercise each day. You might be surprised just how active you are already and that you may just need to step it up a little to get all the exercise you need – an extra walk or two each week, or more time in the garden.
Setting aside a block of time regularly can be difficult, so aim to do a little each day. Try Strength for Life, our simple, 15 minute exercise programme developed by national bodybuilder Wayne Halkyard especially for carers.
Make an exercise date with a family member or friend. You can encourage each other, and the social aspect makes the time go faster. It might be easier to try something new â€“ like a yoga or Zumba class â€“ if you go with someone you know. If thereâ€™s a shared game or activity you enjoy, but you can never find the time, it may help to make a firm commitment to play regularly with the same partner. Youâ€™ll make an extra effort because you wonâ€™t want to let them down. It might also make it easier for the person you support to accept your absence if itâ€™s a regular thing.
If you are unable to exercise vigorously, do what you can. Every bit of physical activity will contribute to overall wellbeing. For example, try stretching exercises to increase your flexibility.
You may also be able to include the person you support in your exercise routine, whether itâ€™s stretching and strengthening exercises or activities like gardening or going for a walk.
Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station: Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle: ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45