Myths about exercise

 

There are lots of myths about exercise and here we try to dispel some of them:

 

As you get older you need less exercise

 

People tend to be less physically active as they get older and gradually lose strength and stamina. But this doesn’t mean that they need to do less exercise because exercise helps control blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease for example. It reduces the incidence of depression and gives a sense of well being thus reducing stress.

 
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When you’ve had a prostate cancer diagnosis you shouldn’t put any extra strain on your body

 

Your body will benefit from exercise but if you’re not used to it then take things slowly and gradually build up what you do. Many men are frightened of the after effects of prostate surgery – especially incontinence and impotence. Use this fear to motivate you to exercise as you will recover more quickly and fully after your surgery.

 

Exercising is boring

 

Walking on a treadmill may not be very exciting but the feeling afterwards can be very rewarding. As well as improving your fitness it helps to manage stress, make you sleep better and give you a mental high.

 

Exercising isn’t going to help my condition and may make it worse

 

Always check with your doctor about what’s safe for you to do, whether you have any limitations and which activities to try. But it’s very unlikely that there will be no exercise you can do to improve your health and fitness whatever conditions you have.

 

Exercising makes you tired

 

Actually most people find completely the opposite and that as they become physically fitter and exercise they have more energy than before. This is because your body becomes more efficient. Exercising also raises your spirits and makes you feel more positive about things. This is because endorphins are released when you exercise and endorphins are known as the ‘feel good neurotransmitters’.

 

All exercises provide the same benefit

 

All exercises can improve your mood.

Cardio/aerobic exercises such as brisk walking, cycling and jogging improve your stamina and help condition your heart, lungs and muscles

As we age we lose muscle tone and our muscles become less efficient. Muscle strengthening exercises or resistance exercises can help stop this happening so quickly.

Exercises which improve your stability and balance are particularly helpful in the period immediately after surgery when you will probably feel dizzy, unsteady and disorientated.

 

You need to be fit to exercise

 

Anyone can exercise. Whatever your fitness level, an exercise plan can be designed for you. Try to do something you enjoy doing so it doesn’t feel like a chore.

 

Exercising is very time consuming

 

For moderate regular exercise you only need to do 30 minutes at a time three or four times a week. It may take a little time for you to get used to incorporating regular exercise into your routine and it can be hard to stick to it, but it needn’t take up a lot of time. Just being a little more physically active in your daily life can help a lot too.

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