Get Active Stay Active

Something we all need to be doing is getting more active and staying active. Public Health England are bringing back the ‘We Are Undefeatable’ campaign. This aims to support anyone that has a long-term health conditions and to encourage them to get more active and inspire them to build physical activity into their lives, even if that’s just in small chunks, and then celebrating every little victory.

Based on insight which shows that you are twice as likely to be inactive if you are living with a long-term health condition, the campaign is led by 15 leading health and social care organisations in the voluntary sector, with support from Sport England and Public Health England.

However you move, it’s all good. If you enjoy it you’re more likely to keep doing it. Small amounts of activity add up. Walking to the local shops, stretching, swimming and cycling are all good but whatever you chose try to build it into you daily routine as you are more likely to stick with it then and therefore feel the benefits more.

Start slowly and build up so you get used to the increased activity. When you start to move more you may find that you feel warmer and slightly out of breath. You may also find that your muscles and joints feel a little sore for a couple of days afterwards. This is normal and is nothing to worry about. To help combat any pain remember to warm up before undertaking any activity with some stretches and then cooling down afterwards. You can also speak to your practitioner who can help with stretches and can ensure they tailor you treatments to help with your new activities.

Remember, you don’t need to go out and buy loads of specialist equipment to get more active. Wear what makes you feel comfortable and ensuring you have comfortable and supportive footwear is a must.

You can get involved by encouraging people with health conditions to be active in whatever way suits them. Living with a health condition means how you feel can change from day to day. Listen to your body and do what feels comfortable.

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