Getting Active with a Disability or LTC

Getting active if you have a disability or long-term health condition

The government recommends doing at least 150 minutes of activity a week, as well as strength exercises on 2 or more days per week.

Having a disability or long-term health condition can make this seem more challenging, but you don't have to worry about hitting these targets straight away: every little helps. What's more important is choosing an activity you enjoy.

You can try and build activity into your daily routine:

  • Walk or ride part of your journey to work or to the shops.

  • Get off the bus a stop before your destination.

  • If you drive, park further away from your office or workplace and walk the rest of the way.

  • Go for a walk or a ride with your friend rather than just meeting for a coffee.

  • Exercise before or after work, or during your lunch break.

  • Lots of gardening can provide a good workout.

  • Exercise in front of the TV.

  • Try an online video workout, there are lots to choose from at different levels of ability and some organisations have their own online workouts, such as the MS Society.https://www.mssociety.org.uk/care-and-support/everyday-living/staying-active/simple-exercises-for-ms

Get Healthy Rotherham are working in partnership with Places Leisure, Functional Fitness, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust and Walking for Health, so whatever your ability or fitness levels we can help find something for everyone.

If you have a BMI of 30 or more and would like more information on weight loss and support to increase your activity and fitness click on this link: https://www.gethealthyrotherham.co.uk/

NHS UK also has links to a long list of organisations and sports from Angling to Wheelchair Rugby, so whatever your interest or if you would just like to learn more about specialist sports or activities for disabled or wheelchair users visit: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-active-with-a-disability