Get going - active ideas for disabled adults

Physical activity is essential to keep us as strong and healthy as possible. Adults need to do at least 150 minutes (two and a half hours) of light to moderate intensity activity each week.

We need to do this to maintain good health, and reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The less activity we do, the more likely we are to put on weight and put our health at risk.

The good news is that every 10 minutes counts. And the more you do, the stronger you’ll become. You’re much more likely to feel better and live longer as a result.

As well as helping us keep an eye on our waistlines, exercise can also be a great boost for your mood, energy and self-confidence. It’s also a great way to get out and meet new people doing the same thing.

Activity isn’t just about becoming physically stronger. It can also help improve your coordination, balance, agility, concentration, stamina, speed and reaction times, by using different parts of your brain. It can help to reduce stress, and you may sleep better too.

Doing Sport Differently

This publication from Disability Rights UK helps to explain the benefits of sport and how you can get more involved:

 

Remember: If you have a serious medical condition, long-standing illness or disability, you should consult your GP before starting to exercise.

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