Jan 23

How To Keep Active With A Disability

Matthew

It’s important to keep as active as you possibly can, no matter what kind of disability you have. There is always something you can do, no matter how small, that could make a difference to your overall health and wellbeing.

The NHS has some useful guidance to help you if you’re not sure where to start. You may shy away from the thought of joining a gym but there are many adapted gyms around the UK that could be a good fit for you and many of them work with local councils as well as the NHS, providing GP referral schemes for those with disabilities.

Remember that even ten minutes of exercise can make a real difference. Start off small by doing ten minutes a day, then build this up if you can to at least 150 minutes a week. It’s important to try and keep your exercises varied so they don’t become boring – after all, if you enjoy it you’re more likely to continue it well into the future.

The more exercise you do, the stronger you’ll get, the better you’ll feel and the longer you’ll live. While you might be inspired to start exercising to lose a bit of weight, you’ll find that the added benefit of getting fitter is that it’s also a great mood booster as well. Self-confidence can also increase as a result of hitting the gym or even just doing a few simple exercises at home by yourself or with a friend – and you’ll even sleep better and feel less stressed as well!

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