Not everyone feels energised by the word “exercise”. If your parents do not have the habit of exercising regularly in their earlier years, getting them to start when they are more advanced in age can be doubly hard. They may feel less confident physically or are more wary of injuries and pains.
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One exercise which you can encourage your parents to start with is walking. Walking is an easy exercise they can do anywhere — around the neighbourhood, in shopping malls or parks, and at any time. They can also take short walks of 10 to 30 minutes each time.To motivate your parents to walk more often, you can help them count their steps using smartphone apps or an activity tracker. Set an achievable daily goal of say, 6,000 steps a day. As they progress, they can slowly work towards walking 10,000 steps daily or even take part in the National Steps Challenge™.