Physical activity as we recover from any type of injury is important.
It’s also important to ensure that the physical activity we do is advisable for the type of injury we have. But once that’s sorted by our doctor and medical team, physical activity is important.
The Mental Health Foundation (UK) have a great little booklet on physical activity and its benefits (here).
What it essentially comes down to is If you can, do what you can.
The Department of Health’s website says it better than I can:
- Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to a recommended amount.
- Be active on most, preferably all, days every week.
- Do 2 ½ to 5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity or 1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week.
- (that would be 5-10 hours of light exercise a week -RK
- Do muscle strengthening activities on at least 2 days each week.’
- Limit the amount of time spent sitting. (if you can, RK)
- Break up long periods of sitting as often as possible.
The only other thing I would add is, get out in the sun for at least 10 minutes a day.
Exercise form part of our recovery from nearly every injury we can suffer, physical and psychological.