Physical activity and exercise

6) The inactivity cycle

Cycle of inactivity - Symptoms - Fear/Confidence - Activity - Fitter

The inner circle shows inactivity.

  • The less you do the less you will be able to do.
  • Being physically inactive will lead to your body becoming ‘de-conditioned’ or unfit. This will make your symptoms worse.
  • This cycle can be broken or avoided.

The outer circle shows how exercise can break the inactivity cycle.

  • Slowly and gradually increase your physical activity levels.
  • This will make you fitter and increase your confidence. This will also help you to continue to be physically active.
  • The benefits of being physically active are not only physical but also psychological and social.