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Too Scared to Exercise?

Do you want to start exercising but are afraid it may be painful or even dangerous?

A lot of people with health problems understand the major health benefits of exercise but are afraid of making their condition worse or falling ill while exercising. This is especially true of people with diabetes who know that exercise affects their blood sugar levels.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when looking for a safe exercise routine. Consider talking to a physiotherapist, arthritis or diabetes educator or the organiser of one of the many exercise groups which are available – Tai Chi, Yoga, seated exercise groups or walking groups.

These people can prescribe a safe fitness routine for you, whether for you to do at home or as part of a group. Their aim is to help people get started with a routine that they can carry on with independently, only seeking further advice if necessary.

An exercise group provides a safe and friendly atmosphere where you can let go of your fears, confident in the care you are receiving.

Classes also bring social benefits – mixing with other people, getting out of the house and exercising in a supportive environment. It can help with depression as well as overall fitness and health. People have fun, build close relationships and enjoy one another’s company.

Most people won’t continue any form of exercise if they don’t enjoy it. Your goal is to make physical activity a regular and pleasant part of your routine. That’s a successful outcome!

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