We all know that being active and taking regular exercise is good for our health, both physically and mentally. While many of us want to be more active, sometimes we don’t know where to start or who to speak to. Together We Will has released five top tips to support and empower disabled people to be more active and get healthier.
This summer, Together We Will is encouraging disabled people to become healthier, stronger and have fun being active with friends and family.
As part of the campaign, the National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) and English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have published five tip tops to support disabled people on their way to be more active and become healthier.
Together We Will…get healthier five top tips are:
- Talk to a healthcare professional to work out which activities best suit you.
- Choose an activity you enjoy and invite a friend or family member to join in – so you can motivate each other.
- Start slowly and build up. Don’t do more today than you can do tomorrow.
- Try to include exercise in your daily routine. It can boost memory, reduce stress and improve sleep.
- Set yourself a goal. No matter how small, achieving it will have positive impact on your body and mind.
The Together We Will campaign is brought to you by the NDSOs and EFDS, with backing from Sport England. It looks to address the low number of disabled people who regularly take part in sport or exercise as highlighted in the most recent Sport England Active People Survey.
Results show that disabled people are half as likely to be active as non-disabled people. As one in five people in England have an impairment or long-term health condition, disabled people make up a large proportion of everyone’s community. However, research highlights often disabled people do not find the opportunities accessible or appealing enough, or do not know where to go to find the right information.
Other insight shows that disabled people are keen to involve family and friends when being active and do not necessarily take part with just other disabled people. Fun is also highlighted as a key motivator for disabled people to be active.
In addition to Together We Will get healthier top tips, we’ve also created a handy frequently asked questions (FAQs) guide to being active. So if you’re not sure how being active can help you, or don’t know where to start, click here to read Together We Will be more active FAQs.
Together We Will runs from July to September, as the nation embraces a summer of sport. Over the summer NDSOs and EFDS will share disabled people’s experiences of sport and exercise, so others can learn more from the information and make choices about the activities they want to try.
For more information about Together We Will and support on how you can be more active, visit the joint campaign page.
Join the conversation on social media using #TogetherWeWill and share your personal stories and photos of being active this summer.