I need to break out of the sedentary lifestyle I lead, but do not know where to start

It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of a sedentary lifestyle. From desk jobs to extended screen time, and increasing dependence on digital devices, there are many factors that negatively impact our health and well-being.  Many of us find ourselves stuck in a routine that lacks any physical activity, with little time to engage in exercise.  In this blog, we investigate the challenges of breaking free from sedentary habits and explore how support from a physiotherapist can lead to a healthier, more active life.

Understanding the Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle

Prolonged periods of inactivity, affect our physical health.  The lack of movement affects many areas of function including our muscles and soft tissues, our metabolism, our skeleton, and our mental health and well being.  Lack of exercise and general activity accelerates aging and puts us at risk of developing chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart and kidney problems as well as changes in lung function.

Where to Begin?

For many, the prospect of transitioning from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one can be daunting. At Home Physio Group, we can provide practical tips and strategies on how to take the first steps towards a more active routine. From incorporating short bursts of activity into your day to finding enjoyable forms of exercise, we offer guidance on making lasting changes.

The Role of Physiotherapy in Lifestyle Transformation

Physiotherapy emerges as a valuable tool in the quest for a more active lifestyle and how our physiotherapists can assess your current physical condition, identify potential barriers to activity, and create a personalised plan to gradually reintroduce activity into your life. Physiotherapy not only addresses existing musculoskeletal issues but also equips you with the tools to prevent future problems, helping you with a sustainable plan and enjoyable approach to fitness.

Tailored Exercise Programmes

One of the key strengths of physiotherapy lies in its ability to tailor exercise programs to an individual needs. Whether you’re dealing with mobility restrictions, chronic pain, or simply starting from scratch, our physiotherapists can design exercises that gradually build strength, flexibility, and endurance. This personalised approach ensures that your journey to an active lifestyle is both effective and safe.

Building Consistency and Routine

Establishing a new routine is integral to breaking free from a sedentary lifestyle. Our physiotherapist will discuss with you the importance of consistency and offer you practical advice on incorporating physical activity into your daily schedule. Physiotherapy not only guides you through exercises during sessions but also empowers you to continue these activities at home, fostering a sustainable and enjoyable routine. Small and easy to achieve goals are set initially, moving on such that an effective level of exercise and general activity is achieved.  The intensity of exercise that needs to be achieved may vary with age and comorbidities, however the national guidelines indicate that both adults and older adults need to exercise 30 mins a day, 5 days a week.  Support from a physiotherapist can be helpful in setting achievable goals dependant on age and health conditions. 

Achieving consistency and including activity in our daily routines makes it much easier for us to maintain an active lifestyle as some find it difficult to maintain motivation over the longer term. 

Embracing a Healthier, Active Future

Our physiotherapists help highlight the transformative potential of embracing an active lifestyle. With the support of physiotherapy, individuals can not only break free from sedentary habits but also cultivate a healthier, more vibrant future. By taking small, consistent steps and integrating physiotherapy into your wellness journey, you can confidently step into a lifestyle that prioritises movement, vitality, and overall well-being.

What to expect from physiotherapy

Your initial assessment appointment with one of our highly skilled physiotherapists marks the beginning of your journey to break free from a sedentary lifestyle. You will have the opportunity to discuss your medical history, lifestyle, and any specific concerns you may have. The initial assessment may involve discussing your daily routines, evaluating your posture, and identifying any existing musculoskeletal issues that could be contributing to your sedentary habits.

During your first appointment, our physiotherapists ask relevant questions to understand your goals and aspirations. Whether you aim to increase overall activity, manage chronic pain, or enhance your fitness levels, this is the time to express your objectives. Together, you and our physiotherapist will collaboratively set realistic and achievable goals tailored to your circumstances.

A Personalised Exercise Programme

Based on the information gathered during the assessment, your physiotherapist will create a tailored exercise programme to gradually reintroduce movement into your routine. These exercises will be designed to address your specific needs, considering factors such as mobility, strength, and flexibility.

Addressing Any Musculoskeletal Issues

If there are existing musculoskeletal issues contributing to sedentary habits, your physiotherapist will work on addressing these during your sessions. This may involve hands-on techniques, targeted exercises, or a combination of both to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and create a foundation for sustained activity.

Building Confidence and Overcoming Barriers

It is common to face psychological and physical barriers when transitioning to a more active lifestyle. Your physiotherapist will guide you to build confidence, overcome challenges, and gradually increase the intensity of your activities. This support is integral to ensuring that you not only start but also maintain a consistent and fulfilling routine.

As your initial appointment concludes, you and your physiotherapist will discuss a plan for ongoing support. This may include scheduling follow-up sessions, prescribing home exercises or equipment+, or recommending additional services that could enhance your progress. The goal is to empower you with the tools and knowledge needed to continue your journey towards a more active and healthier lifestyle.

If you feel you would like to book an appointment and get on the road to recovery, please contact us on 0330 335 1016 or fill out the contact sheet and we will get back to you.

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Why choose Home Physio Group?

We are a dedicated team of Chartered Physiotherapists working exclusively in your home and providing the highest level of care. We recognise the importance of knowing that you are in safe hands and being looked after. With this is mind, our client management team are here to assist you every step of the way and will answer any questions you may have. We are passionate about helping you to reach your goals, relieve your pain, and improve your mobility.

The benefits of using our service include:

  • All our physiotherapists are hand-picked professionals with years of experience
  • We are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). All our physiotherapists are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 
  • We will arrange visits in your own home (or care home or place of work) at a convenient time to you
  • We work at speed and do not have a waiting list
  • We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments
  • Our team work closely with the country’s leading consultants and specialists in their field
  • You will always have the same physiotherapist visiting you at home
  • You can have as many visits as you require
  • Our fixed pricing structure can be provided in writing so that you can consider it in your own time
  • We believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to care. Your personalised programme and treatment strategy will be unique to you