back pain, Walking as exercise

WALKING AS PART OF EXERCISE

Activity such as walking is encouraged especially if you have back pain. What if someone is not active or there is disability preventing the walk? What if there is no disability but there is no motivation to walk. How to stay motivated?

WHAT IF SOMEONE IS NOT ACTIVE OR THERE IS DISABILITY?

If you’re not very active but able to walk, increase your walking distance gradually. If your joints are a problem, check whether your local swimming pool holds exercise classes. The water helps to support your joints while you move and can help with muscle strength.

If you’re not active because of a medical condition, get advice on exercising with disability.

STAYING MOTIVATED

Make it a habit.
Think of ways to include walking in your daily routine. Example, include:

  • walking part of your journey to work
  • walking to the shops
  • using the stairs instead of the lift
  • leaving the car behind for a short journey
  • doing a regular walk with a friend
  • going for a stroll with family or friends

Listen to music.
Walking while listening to music or a podcast can take your mind off the effort. It can also get you into a rhythm and help you walk faster.

Join a walking club
Walking in a group is a great way to start walking, make new friends and stay motivated.

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