Exercise may be good for you but for me it boils down to finding something I'm comfortable with, ie not too physically complex. That leaves walking and swimming. With walking I have a limited area I'll walk in . Longest distance is just under 1000 steps there and back. It's the walk to the cafe where I'll have something to eat and drink so I'm probably piling on more from food than I'm taking off via exercise. I've tried doing the active 10 x3 (1000 steps in 10 minutes) by pacing indoors and it's as mind numbingly boring as can be. That leaves swimming. I'd need someone to take me to the swimming baths . It's not something I can just up and do. I used to have an exercise bike but got disillusioned with that when I was putting on weight using it rather than losing. Have considered a simple step machine but am clueless as to what to buy.
Can't you find a route that is longer? I set myself a time limit on a fixed route. Max 75 minutes. Shorter is not satisfying and longer I get too tired.
It's my poor sense of direction and fear of getting lost and trapped that holds me back. Am very limited as to where I'll feel safe walking.
I suppose you have a smart phone? What I used to do in a new neighbourhood was start small and extend the walk little by little. Before leaving study the maps. Google maps works just fine, but there are others that are specifically aimed at walking (and registering) your distance. Before the age of phones with internet, I used to study the map in advance and take it with me.
Extend the walks little by little and you'll find it less scary.
Have got a phone but without sim card. It's one one of my granddaughters had lent me. The other granddaughter used it and took out the sim card(which she lost) to put in her own. As it is I didn't have an instruction booklet and only knew how to make calls.
Exercise by pacing indoors!!! That must be boring.
My main form of exercise is walking to the local shops every day. This is the minimum. The problem is... I end up spending money that I can't afford.
I also enjoy walking through the woods and taking photographs. Walking uphill is where the body uses up energy and I loses weight.
For really challenging walks I join a walking group. I'm thinking of this walk tomorrow, if it's not too cold or windy.
Walking indoors doesn’t have to be boring. Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home is good. She builds in stretches and aerobic type exercise but keeps it simple and you just do what you can. There are warm ups and cool downs. If you subscribe you get emails too. Similar with YogaJp and am sure lots of other YouTube, podcasts or websites. Chair yoga or Pilates, tai chi, a range of all sorts. Maybe an actual bike/trike depending on stability if you haven’t got one , it’s amazing what’s of the local freecycle etc Also some local authorities are very good and offer disability sports to tap into; some are outdoors if you don’t like sports centres but I find it’s a postcode lottery thing again where one authority has a good range and the next door authority has barely anything. Worth checking out to see if anything appeals to you.
While it's great if you can enjoy it, it's better to be active and not enjoy it, than not to do it at all. If navigation is the issue, then try taking a map, or have someone walk with you on a new, longer route, for the first few times, and then you can do it yourself once you've learned the route :)
I'm prepared for tomorrow's walk.
It's nice to walk with a group. And safer.
A few photos from my latest walks
As long as the weather is ok. I want it to be dry. The legs get a lot of exercise. And the lungs some fresh air.
I don't understand indoor exercise/walking or gyms.
I agree Robert, walking outdoors in the countryside is much better for many reasons and my preferred option too when I’m able but unfortunately not always possible. Plus walking outdoors doesn’t suit everyone especially if lacking in either health or confidence so good to have adaptable alternatives.
I live in a flat with people above me, below me and along side me.
My neighbours already consider me strange and they shun me.
If I did a lot of walking indoors and other exercises. Then their low opinion of me would probably be confirmed. So I prefer to get out and explore.