Should I speak to my GP about getting active?
Posted: Mon, 18 Sep 2023 11:38
We believe it is never too late to become more physically active and benefit our overall health. Building and maintaining strength, balance, and mobility is the secret to staying independent and enjoying every moment of our later life!
Retaining our strength, balance, and mobility is important as we get older. They support us with daily activities like lifting, climbing stairs, and even standing up from a chair. Participating in regular activity as we get older can make a significant difference, helping us to move feely and easily through everyday life, keep our confidence when moving around and perform everyday tasks with more ease.
It is a great idea to ask your health care professional at your appointment about what options are available for physical activity on prescription. This may be through your GP, Social Prescriber, Physiotherapist or another other service.
If it is something you are interested in exploring as a form of treatment, consider what sort of activities you would prefer. Activities can be as varied as you like! If you are unsure about specific activities, then have a think about what you would like to get out of the activities, types of things that you enjoy currently and this can help to highlight activities that may be better linked to your taste.
DISCLAIMER: Consult your healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise routine. Your provider can assess your health, recommend suitable activities, and address any underlying medical conditions. Listen to your body during exercise and cease any activity if you experience pain, discomfort, or unusual symptoms. Start slowly, progress gradually, and modify exercises as needed. Stay hydrated, warm up, and cool down before and after exercise.