Keep moving, keep active: Get well soon

Thelma - I always thought the most important thing to do when you’re in hospital is rest.

Keith - I didn’t realise that staying in bed the whole time could mean you don’t get better as quickly.

Peter - It can actually lead to all sorts of other problems.

Elaine - After just two days in the ward, I noticed I was struggling a bit more to do everyday things. Even walking to the bathroom was exhausting.

Louise - It worried me a bit, so I asked the nurse what sort of things I should be doing each day to help myself.

John - She said I should try to get up and move around as much as I could. And if I felt unsteady on my feet then I should ask for help.

Enetta / Thelma - It really helped and I started to feel more like myself again.

Keith - And, do you know, the smallest things can sometimes make the biggest difference to feeling better.

Elaine - It can just be something like getting out of bed and walking to and from the toilet every few hours.

John - Or even just getting dressed each morning and sitting out of bed for my meals.

Louise - I used to worry when the physio came by but, you know, she’s not asking me to run a marathon.

Peter - She just asked me to do a bit of a stretch or a walk down the corridor each morning.

Keith - I always thought being in hospital was about being looked after…

Thelma - ... but now I know I have to help myself as well.


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Find out why it's important to keep moving and be active while staying in hospital.  Find out what simple activities you can do to help you get well soon.

Keep moving, keep active: Get well soon

Thelma - I always thought the most important thing to do when you’re in hospital is rest.

Keith - I didn’t realise that staying in bed the whole time could mean you don’t get better as quickly.

Peter - It can actually lead to all sorts of other problems.

Elaine - After just two days in the ward, I noticed I was struggling a bit more to do everyday things. Even walking to the bathroom was exhausting.

Louise - It worried me a bit, so I asked the nurse what sort of things I should be doing each day to help myself.

John - She said I should try to get up and move around as much as I could. And if I felt unsteady on my feet then I should ask for help.

Enetta / Thelma - It really helped and I started to feel more like myself again.

Keith - And, do you know, the smallest things can sometimes make the biggest difference to feeling better.

Elaine - It can just be something like getting out of bed and walking to and from the toilet every few hours.

John - Or even just getting dressed each morning and sitting out of bed for my meals.

Louise - I used to worry when the physio came by but, you know, she’s not asking me to run a marathon.

Peter - She just asked me to do a bit of a stretch or a walk down the corridor each morning.

Keith - I always thought being in hospital was about being looked after…

Thelma - ... but now I know I have to help myself as well.


Tag line (Spoken by Caroline)– ‘Keep moving, keep active – get well soon’

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Last updated: March 2016

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