Staying active with a health condition
Over 1 in 4 people live with at least one long-term health condition and these numbers are rising. You are twice as likely to be inactive if you have a health condition, however, being active can help to manage over 20 long-term conditions such as depression and type 2 diabetes; it reduces the risk of developing some conditions by up to 40% and can delay the onset of and reduce the severity of many health conditions.
Adding even small amounts of activity can make a significant difference.
Being active is about finding out what works for you, and working around how you feel (or around the unpredictability ups and downs of your condition). For example for some people, a short walk might be all that’s manageable one day. For others, it might be swimming or getting active at home.
Celebrating the little victories (whilst recognising down days) is important.
Find your move
When it comes to finding ways to move, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, there are many, many ways to be active, including some that people may not realise actually count.
- Age UK Barnsley is a fun and informative group with an emphasis on staying healthy in your later years.
- Barnsley Premier Leisure encourage all disabled customers and their carers to use our facilities whenever we are open. They offer some dedicated sessions at sites that are suitable particularly for people with disabilities and those who require the assistance of care.
- Barnsley Leisure Card gives discounted activities including swimming, fitness classes, gym, Fitness Flex membership, aquacise, tenpin bowling, badminton, squash and athletics.
- Charlotte’s Tandems lend, at no cost (i.e. for free), tandems and tag-alongs to (and only to) people with disabilities or additional needs, who are unable to ride a bike safely on their own, so that they can enjoy the wonders of cycling.
- Livewell Barnsley supports you to find an activity group in your local area.
- We are Undefeatable a national campaign supporting those with long term health conditions to be more active.