55% OF PEOPLE WITH LONG-TERM HEALTH CONDITIONS ANXIOUS ABOUT LOCKDOWN LIFTING

·       25% OF ADULTS WITH LONG-TERM HEALTH CONDITIONS AFRAID TO LEAVE THE HOUSE AS COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ARE LOOSENED

·       1 IN 5 PEOPLE LIVING WITH LONG-TERM HEALTH CONDITIONS HAVE NOT LEFT THEIR HOME SINCE MID-MARCH

·       A QUARTER OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH A LONG-TERM HEALTH CONDITION WILL NOT RETURN TO COMMUNAL SPORT AND LEISURE CENTRES UNTIL THERE IS A VACCINE, OR COVID-19 IS NO LONGER A THREAT IN THE UK

It’s been a tough few months for many but for people living in England with a long-term health condition, lockdown has been particularly challenging both physically and mentally, with two-thirds of people living with long term health conditions saying that getting outdoors for physical activity is crucial for their mental health – something that has been difficult for people whilst shielding or self-isolating.

With lockdown beginning to lift many are starting to feel comfort in life turning back to normality but a staggering 55% of people living with a long-term health condition feel anxious about lockdown, ending with 4 in 10 worrying about other people’s hygiene.

A quarter of adults living with a health condition admit their fear to leave the comfort of their home with restrictions easing, with 1 in 5 having not left their home since lockdown began in mid-March, expect for emergencies.

The research was commissioned by We Are Undefeatable, a campaign led by a collaboration of 15 leading health and social care charities to support and inspire some of the 43% of people in England who live with a health condition to be active in a way that works with their condition.

We Are Undefeatable is today launching various new measures, including 5in5 – a new library of customisable mini workouts that are perfect for starting out with a new activity, a virtual assistant tool on social media to help with activity planning and motivation called My Daily Undefeatable, and the piloting of a virtual walking football team and dance squad.

England’s Walking Football Manager, Stuart Langworthy will be coaching the first walking football team specifically for people living with a long-term health condition, while a virtual dance squad will be led by independent dance teacher, Katie Mason, who specialises in dance classes for people with restricted mobility and various long term health conditions. Both programmes will run for an initial period of 10 weeks, and will be overseen by Dr Zoe Williams and open to all abilities.