Resources To Get Active
We have gathered a list of websites that give tips and advice to help you get active.
The Chartered Society for Physiotherapy have launched a campaign called 'Love activity, Hate exercise?' aiming to get the nation moving. It features advice from physiotherapists and practical tips to get started for those with long term conditions, plus inspiring stories from others.
Disability Rights UK have produced a useful, readable guide called “Being Active- an everyday guide for people living with an impairment or health condition”. This explains the benefits of becoming more active and how to get started with activities to suit you.
The Patient website has a great article on 'How to stay fit if you have a physical disability', providing information on the best ways to use your body to exercise, tips on how to stay healthy and the benefits of doing this.
The British Heart Foundation encourage everyone to adopt a healthier lifestyle and have lots of handy tips to help you along the way. Whether it is healthy eating, staying active or managing your weight, there is a wealth of ideas and tips on their Healthy Living Page.
Get Yourself Active is a website with lots of advice for people with a disability who want to get active in their local area!
Activity Alliance, the new name for the English Federation of Disability Sport, is a national charity dedicated to disabled people sport and physical activity. They support a wide range of organisations to include disabled people more effectively. Their vision is that disabled people are active for life.
Wheelpower are dedicated to providing opportunities for disabled people to find a sport they enjoy. They also run events through the year to introduce people to wheelchair sport.
Disability Horizons was founded in 2011 and it's main purpose is to promote disabled people's independence. Their website covers a range of topics from sport's advice, the latest news and even advice on relationships and dating. You can sign up for their "Ultimate Disability Survival Guide" and they will send you key information by email.
Use the National Register of Personal Trainers to find a suitable personal trainer to help improve your health and wellness. A good personal trainer delivers safe, effective, fun and interesting workouts (in that order) to all clients. Fees will vary depending on location, many offer a free first session to assess how well you can work together. Personal training for a disabled person may be more challenging for both the client and the trainer, however, most should be able to adapt their techniques to the clients' individual needs and abilities.
The most important hing is to find a PT who you feel comfortable working with to help you achieve the results you would like.
Beneficiary and NAC member Simone Illger has produced a 30 minute stretch routine via YouTube to show how she stretches - helping her stay flexible and active. Watch her video here:
The NHS have lots of resources for staying active when you have a disability. Their information includes an "Inclusive Gym Finder", recommendations for all kinds of sports and a helpful list of national bodies who support people with disabilities.
Visit their 'Get active with a disability' page here.