· 43% of people in England live with at least one long standing health condition
· Coronavirus can affect anyone, but people with pre-existing health problems and older people are thought to be at greater risk of developing severe symptoms
· Small amounts of activity has shown to make a difference to overall health and wellbeing
Whether you’re used to hitting the gym every day, prefer to go out running, take a weekly class, or enjoy a short walk, for many people getting some form of regular exercise is imperative to maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Thanks to the likes of Joe Wicks, Mr Motivator and free classes from Barry’s Bootcamp, many of us are taking part in virtual workouts or yoga sessions from our living room or back garden to meet this ‘new normal’ way of living.
And, while the lockdown challenges everybody, what does it mean for those extremely vulnerable people with cancer, diabetes, arthritis, anxiety and depression or other long term health conditions? The people who could maybe benefit the most from physical activity – not just because it’s shown to help manage some health conditions, but because of its positive impact on mental wellbeing as well.
So, whilst there is currently lots of information out there on how to stay active in the home, how easy is this to follow or replicate if you are living with a health condition?
We Are Undefeatable is a national campaign supporting some of the 43% of people in England who live with at least one long standing health condition to get physically active. The campaign is supporting people to get active around the home, in a way that works with their condition, not against it.
We Are Undefeatable launched last year with 15 leading health and social care charities, to support people who are living with health conditions with their physical and mental health. Asthma UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer’s Society and Rethink Mental Illness are among those offering their expertise, advice and insight.