Making physical activity part of your life
Make physical activity a priority, carve out some time each week to be active and
put it on your calendar. Make it part of your everyday life.
You don't have to change
your life completely, just identify times in your current lifestyle where you could
be more active. Try waking up half an hour earlier and walk to work or take an evening
fitness class; or build physical activity into your routine chores - that way you
do what you need to get done and move around too. Make family time physically active;
plan a weekend walk through one of Falkirk's many parks, family cycling, or an evening
walk around the block.
You know physical activity is good for you. So what is stopping
you from getting out there and getting more active?
'I've no time, I'm far too busy'
Just a total of 30 minutes most days of the week could make a big difference to
your health. That could be broken down into a 20 minute walk in the morning and
10 minutes of gardening in the evening. It doesn't have to be all in one go!
too tired, I need to relax'
Physical activity can actually help you relax by relieving
stress and this in turn makes you feel good. It can also boost your energy and make
you feel less tired.
'Physical activity is boring'
Try a variety of activities and
choose ones that are good fun and sociable, at the end of the day you need to enjoy
it, so find something that interests you and you can be active and have fun at the
'I'm not the sporty type'
You don't have to be sporty! Activities such
as walking, gardening, housework and dancing are all good for you. It all depends
on the effort you put in! You need to make sure that you are out of breath and slightly
'No one to do it with'
Try asking a friend or find out about local clubs
and classes where you will meet other likeminded people.
'I'm too old to start'
It's never too late to start. Physical activity can help you stay healthy, active,
mobile and independent. Start by trying a brisk walk with a friend; vary your route
to keep it interesting.
'I can't be physically active due to medical conditions'
If you are concerned about any medical conditions, your GP could refer you onto
a scheme to have a structured
programme made up for you that will take your conditions into account.
'I have no
one to look after the kids'
Find activities that you could get the kids involved
in too! It will encourage them to be physically active through out life if they
are introduced to it from a young age. Why not try a walk after dinner, taking them
to the local swimming pool, a day out to the local park, or how about cycling along
Physical activity can be part of your daily life, so beat those roadblocks,
no more excuses, 'Lets Get Falkirk More Active'!