We are committed to ensuring disabled people can be and stay active. You may not be going to your favourite weekly exercise class in the gym or making a splash at the local swimming pool. But there are lots of ways you can enjoy being active. We have compiled a list of exercise advice, workouts, videos and activity guides to support disabled people. This helps everyone to move more while at home or when going outside for regular activity.
Recognising the advice around social distancing, we're spending more time at home and in the garden. Or we are using our time to exercise in the open air. This naturally means a change in sporting habits, including group activities. Please familiarise yourself with the latest official advice on social distancing and general hygiene.
We are especially mindful that during this time there will be even more disabled people and people with long-term health conditions, who feel isolated and less active.
There are many ways to continue enjoying an active lifestyle. This includes adapting activities so everyone in the household, disabled and non-disabled, can take part together. On this page, you will find lots of exercise advice, workouts, videos and activity guides to support you to be and stay active in and around your home.
Support on being active at home
If you are not as active as you would like to be or you know someone who isn't, here are some resources and guides to help you on your way.
Activity Alliance: Being Active Guide
Our Being Active Guide is for everyone with a lived experience of disability or health conditions. We wrote the Guide in partnership with Disability Rights UK and it provides the information you need in a quick and easy format. Download the Being Active Guide.
Sport England: Join the Movement
We're supporting Sport England's new campaign to give people fun and creative ideas on how to get active in and around home. You can join the movement and use the hashtag #StayInWorkOut on social media to share how you're getting active during this time. Visit stayinworkout.org for tips, advice and guidance.
We Are Undeafeatable: Being active with a long-term health condition
We Are Undefeatable is a campaign led by 15 UK charities that supports people with long-term health conditions to be active. Want help with starting to move more? Visit weareundefeatable.co.uk for ideas and resources to help you start your journey to being active.
Change 4 Life: accessible activity guide
Change4Life has a great guide on adapting activities for disabled children and young people. There are lots of ways to keep disabled children active - start off by choosing activities your child is interested in and adapt them. View Change4Life accessible activities here.
Clinical guidance for physiotherapists
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has a bank of resources for physiotherapists on how they can help patients to be active and self-manage existing conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. Access physiotherapy resources here.
Home exercises and gym-free workouts
Getting some exercise doesn't need to be difficult - you don't even need to leave the house! We've pulled together a range of home-based exercises and workout videos suitable for all ages and abilities.
Parasport home workouts
Parasport have teamed up with qualified fitness instructor, Kris Saunders-Stowe, to bring you two short home workout videos. Ideal for disabled people who may not have taken part in sport or activity for a while. No equipment required, you just need a little bit of space to follow Kris's instructions.
To stay fit and healthy, it is recommended that you do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, or around 20 to 30 minutes a day. Plus, you should also aim to do strengthening and balance exercises at least two days a week.
Many of these routines can be done anywhere, at any time. They are fun, effective and easy to follow:
NHS gym-free workouts
Put the fun back into fitness with these equipment-free workouts for all levels. View NHS illustrated workouts here.
Shapemaster home exercise videos
Shapemaster home exercise videos are designed to support older adults and people with long-term health conditions throughout isolation. Physiotherapist, Rachel Young talks through exercises that can be performed whilst on the sofa or on the floor. Visit Shapemaster YouTube channel here.
One You workout videos
Public Health England's One You campaign encourages people to take control of their health and make small changes like moving more. These 10 minute workouts are an easy way to introduce physical activity into your daily routine. View One You home workout videos.
Join fitness instructor Kris from Wheely Good Fitness everyday for a Sofa Superhero workout! Search for the hashtag #SofaSuperheroes on social media to find his sessions.
NHS sitting exercises
Not all physical activity needs to involve big movements or jumping around. Seated exercises are a good way to improve mobility, strength and prevent falls. These exercises are gentle and easy to follow. You will need a solid, stable chair that doesn't have wheels. Download NHS sitting exercise sheets.
Impairment specific advice
The National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) are a good starting point for many disabled people who want to be more active. They provide advice, support and opportunities for people of all ages with specific impairments. Find out more about the NDSOs here.
British Blind Sport
To support Sport England's #StayInWorkOut campaign, British Blind Sport are creating a free online library of accessible workouts and resources to support people with visual impairments stay active at home. Activities include yoga, pilates, cardio and high intensity sessions, gentle exercises and workouts for children and young people. Visit British Blind Sport website.
Cerebral Palsy Sport
Cerebral Palsy Sport has launched a series of new health and wellbeing resources to help everybody stay fit and healthy at home. The resources provide information and guidance on exercise and good nutrition for people with physical impairments. Access health and wellbeing resources here.
Dwarf Sports Association UK
Dwarf Sports Association UK is encouraging its members to come together online and stay connected during the coronavirus crisis. They will be posting regular updates and physical activity ideas on their website and social media channels. Visit Dwarf Sports Association UK website and find them on Facebook and Twitter.
LimbPower have created a private Facebook group to support community members and their families stay active and connected while at home. They will post videos, Q&A sessions, workouts and social media challenges to keep people motivated and reduce feelings of isolation. Visit LimbPower Members Facebook group here.
Mencap has set up the Mencap Mountain Challenge to help keep spirits up and improve your fitness whilst at home. The challenge is to climb the equivalent number of flights of stair as a well-known mountain of your choice. Sign up to Mencap Mountain Challenge here.
Special Olympics Great Britain
Special Olympics Great Britain is encouraging its athletes and their families to stay active while at home. They have a range of resources, videos and ideas available on their website - specialolympicsgb.org.uk.
Also, National MATP Development Officer, Angela Lydon has created a video on skill-based activities for individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Angela demonstrates how you can use household items to improve dexterity, kicking and striking skills.
UK Deaf Sport
UK Deaf Sport are also supporting Sport England's #StayInWorkOut campaign by sharing ideas and activities you can do at home. These include gentle exercise, cardio training and fun activities for children and young people. Visit UK Deaf Sport website for more information.
- Flick through our resources here
- Visit our YouTube channel here for useful videos
- Sport England is providing regular updates and support information for organisations here
- Follow #StayInWorkOut for some great tips on being active at home
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