Any way you decide to get moving matters, whether it looks like traditional exercise or not. Even something like chasing after the grandkids or dancing around your kitchen with a friend can count as being active. Jo actually finds playing with the grandkids not only enjoyable but motivating as well, because of the quality time they get to spend together. Try heading to a National Trust site as a way to spend time with family while also moving more; you can find more information on this in the relevant resources section.
In fact, many people find socialising whilst being active can make moving much more enjoyable. The community aspect of many activities can be an additional reason for you to want to show up and take part. Tony keeps going to his walking football team for the games as much as he does for his pre-practice cup of tea with the mates he’s made through playing.
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. 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.