First, make sure that you’re comfortable engaging in the activity you’re about to try. Have the information you need before you start, and don’t be afraid to ask any questions you don’t know the answers to. There are some online resources and digital tools, like iPrescribe, that can help you figure out how to go about trying something new based on your condition. You can find a link to iPrescribe in the list of relevant resources.
Once you’re ready to give your new activity a go, feel free to take things slowly. Stopping and starting is completely fine as you’re getting your bearings, and it can help to build up your level of activity over time.
You might find you need a bit of practice to get the hang of things, or that you might encounter setbacks. That’s perfectly okay, and doesn’t have to stop you from keeping going. When Tony started playing with his walking football team, he was fairly frank about being “rubbish,” but with time he improved. There have been some times that he has had to take breaks from playing because of his health, but the reasons that made him want to start playing – in his case, the connection to his team members – has always helped motivate him to come back.
If you enjoy the new way you’re moving, keep at it. And if you find you don’t like it, it’s more than fine to stop and try to find something new. Ultimately, being active is about finding something you enjoy and that works for you.
If you have difficulty managing symptoms of your condition, seeking medical advice before increasing your activity level or trying something new may be helpful. Condition specific information is available on relevant charity websites.