Any way you decide to get moving counts, whether it looks like traditional exercise or not. Even something like stretching while making a cup of tea or dancing around your kitchen while making dinner can contribute to being active. Jo actually finds walking her dog Elsie not only enjoyable but motivating as well, because of the positive way it lifts her mood.
Many people find socialising whilst being active can make moving much more enjoyable. Although everyone is spending more time at home you can still make time to move with friends and family who you don’t live with by using video calling or video conferencing apps. Alternatively, if you feel comfortable doing so and adhere to current COVID-19 guidance, you can meet up with friends to get active together in whatever way suits you. The shared aspect of many activities can be an additional reason for you to want to show up and take part, and even show off your working from home outfit!
You might also be surprised about what activities you end up liking, once you give them a try. Tania was not a sporty person prior to her diagnosis, but found activities like playing active video games with her daughter helped get her up on her feet. Months later, she found herself going on a run and actually having a good time, which for her was no small feat.
At the end of the day, moving more is about finding an activity that works for you, while also being mindful of current government COVID-19 guidance. If you enjoy what you’re doing, you’re more likely to stick with it – which makes liking how you get moving even more important.