Department of Health

Keep moving keep active

  • 17 October 2015
  • Duration: 1.25

Woman 1 - I always thought the most important thing to do when you’re in hospital is rest. 

Man 1 - I didn’t realise that staying in bed all the time could mean that you don’t get better as 


Man 2 (Mandarin) - It can lead to all sorts of other problems.

Woman 2 - After two days in the ward, I was struggling with everyday things. Even walking to 

the bathroom, I was exhausted. 

Woman 3 - It got me worried a bit, so I asked my nurse – what sort of things should I be doing 

each day to help myself?

Woman 1 - She said I should try to get up and move around as much as I could. 

Man 3 - And if I felt unsteady on my feet, I should ask for help.

Woman 1 - It really helped me and I started to feel more like myself again.

Man 1 - And you know, sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference.

Woman 2 - It can be as simple as getting out of bed, walking to and from the toilet every few 


Woman 1 - Or just getting dressed each morning and sitting out of bed for my meals. 

Woman 3 - It used to worry me when the physio used to come by, but, you know, she wasn’t 

asking me to run a marathon. 

Man 3 - She just asked me to do a bit of a stretch, or walk down a corridor each morning. 

Man 1 - I always thought that being in hospital meant being looked after.

Woman 1 - But now I know I have to help myself as well. 

Narrator - Keep moving keep active. Get well soon.

Reviewed 18 October 2021