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Getting fit isn't just good for your waistline. It could also help you to cope better with any medical problems you are experiencing. The good news is that incorporating exercise into your life is easier than you might think. There are several specific, simple exercises you can do, which will help you stay on top of your condition. It is important to consult a doctor or healthcare professional before making any changes to your exercise routine.
So how do you go about making physical activity part of your life? Start by gradually increasing the amount you do as part of your daily routine – for example, walking more, putting more effort into household and garden chores. The ultimate aim is to build up to 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week. But don’t worry if you can’t achieve 30 minutes straight away – start with 10 minutes, twice a day and build it up when you feel ready. See below for 5 ways to inject more activity into a typical day.
If you like to have structure and routine in your life, you may prefer to allot specific times to exercise and do something more formal, such as a regular swim or walk, or a fitness class. Again, the aim is to work up to 30 minutes per day of aerobic activity, 5 days per week.
Here’s an idea of how many calories you burn doing some common activities...
Top tip: Every little helps! Adding strength training and mobility work to your exercise programme will create a balanced regime and help stave off the risk of injury, but there are some activities that your glaucoma makes unsuitable and some safety rules to follow when you are exercising.
If you already exercise regularly, don’t rest on your laurels! The body is very good at adapting to the physical demands you place upon it – and it’s only by moving the goalposts a little further away every now and again that you can make further fitness gains. There are three ways you can progress, nicely summed up by the acronym FIT.
F for frequency: you can exercise more often.
I for intensity: you can push yourself a little harder during exercise.
T for time: you can increase the duration of your workouts.
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