Chapter 16 - Starting to Exercise

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For many patients the thought of starting to exercise can be overwhelming. It is perceived as being difficult, painful, largely gym-based, with only demanding regimes producing real benefits.

These are false beliefs and much of the advice about exercise should be about incorporating more physical activity into everyday life, with alternative choices if required, to gym-based exercise. This section will aim to give brief guidance on the main principles of exercise, how to start exercise and dispel these beliefs.