There are many reasons why older people – or any of us – are not physically active or do not exercise;
It can help to think about your own patterns of physical activity throughout your lifetime.
- What physical activity did you do as a child, teenager, young adult, middle age?
- Has there been a theme to the physical activity in your life? E.g. sport and competition? Being outdoors?
- Who or what was a big influence on your attitudes, motivation and involvement in physical activity?
- What barriers, conditions, life happenings inhibited your active life? And what enabled you to be active?
- What helped you to start again after a setback or a period of inactivity?
- Who inspired you or supported you?
Each older person is an individual, with their own lifetime of physical activities, however these are some common reasons for not being physically active.
- I do not need as much physical activity
- Exercise is dangerous
- I might injure myself
- I have pain
- Only vigorous and sustained exercise is of any use
- I prefer sedentary activities, such as reading and socialising
- Cost may be too high
- Many sports and activities attract younger adults and I feel unwelcome
- There are not activities which suit my needs