It’s ok to hate exercise, say physiotherapists in a provocative new public health campaign.
Hours at a gym or long distance running on the road aren’t for everyone. But people must still find other ways to be active and challenge their body through activities like dancing, gardening and even playing the drums, argues the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
‘Love Activity, Hate Exercise?’ explores the strong emotions evoked by the word ‘exercise’ after focus groups with patients and physiotherapists found many people with long-term conditions want to be more active but are put off by the thought of exercise.
Whether it’s memories of not getting picked to be on the school football team, concern about discomfort, worrying what you’re going to look like or simply not knowing where to start, exercise can be a daunting prospect for some of us.
However if you are living with a long-term condition and the symptoms that come with it, such as fatigue and reduced mobility, it can feel like an impossibility.
It’s unsurprising therefore that in a poll of people aged 40-70 with conditions such as arthritis, asthma and heart disease, nearly a third (31%) reported that they were totally inactive each week.
The CSP says physiotherapists across the UK have great potential to help these people to become more active by identifying the barriers at play and giving people the expert advice and confidence to try new activities, whatever their physical condition might be.