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Incorporating regular movement and exercise into your routine is important for maintaining overall health and wellbeing, especially while living with wet macular degeneration. Not only will exercise help with blood flow and maintaining a healthy weight, but physical activity can also lighten your mood and reduce anxiety as well1.
Here are a few tips for staying active with wet macular degeneration:
Set exercise-related goals.
It can be helpful to set goals for your physical activity and stick to those goals, such as walking for thirty minutes each day, even if it is in your own backyard. Talk to your doctor about what type of exercise might be appropriate for you before setting your goals.
Select activities that work for you.
Adjust the type and level of physical activity you do based on what feels best. Beneficial activities can range from lifting light weights in the home or walking around the neighborhood, to a more rigorous activity.
You don’t have to go to a gym or have special equipment to exercise. Consider the following alternatives:
Make exercise part of your regular routine.
Consider creating a schedule for your exercise and/or setting an alarm to remind you to get up and move each day. Getting into a regular routine of working out can help encourage consistency.
Connect with others.
Teaming up with family members, friends or colleagues in your support network can make exercise fun and help hold you accountable. Consider video chatting or calling someone while you work out to share the experience and your successes. Click here for more information on building a support network.
Keep safety in mind.
Work with your health care team and support network to ensure any activity you do inside or outside your home is the right fit for your level of fitness and vision. You may also want to consider digital tools that may help you navigate during walks around the neighborhood. Click here to learn more.
Always be sure to speak with your doctor and health care team before starting a new physical activity to ensure your safety and gain more tips for supporting your overall wellbeing while maintaining sight.
1Penedo FJ and Dahn JR. Exercise and well-being: a review of mental and physical health benefits associated with physical activity. Current Opinion in Psychiatry. 2005;18(2):189-193.
2World Health Organization. (2010). Global recommendations on physical activity for health.