Together We Will – FAQ’s

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Frequently asked questions about being active

This document provides you with useful information about the benefits of being active and how you can get started.

  1. Why should I be more active?
  • Being active will improve your health and wellbeing both physically and mentally.
  • Being active also has enormous social benefits, getting you out and about and meeting new people.
  • Whatever your impairment or health condition, becoming more active can only make you fitter and healthier.
  • You may feel tired after exercising, but in the long term it will give you more energy.
  • Regular exercise can help you with everyday activities. It can boost memory, reduce stress and improve sleep.
  • Consider exercising outside and with other people. Experts say that’s the perfect combination.
  • Try 20 minutes of exercise a day, enough to make you sweat. That’s two hours 30 minutes a week.
  • How hard should you exercise? Enough to make you too breathless to sing but not to talk.

 

  1. How do I get more active?
  • Talk to healthcare professionals to work out which activities best suit you.
  • Start slowly and build up – exercise is no quick fix. Don’t do more today than you can manage tomorrow.
  • Pick an activity you enjoy. It needn’t be sport, just something that gets you moving and your heart pumping.
  • Try to think of activities that work your heart and help flexibility, strength, co-ordination and balance.
  • Don’t fear going along and getting involved – more and more places are becoming accessible.
  • Providers can not use health and safety as an excuse – the law allows disabled people to make our own choices about what we want to try.
  • If you want to try a sport or use a facility you have a right to ask, and to expect people to make “reasonable adjustments” to accommodate you.

 

  1. What if I don’t feel confident enough?
  • There are lots of excuses out there – all of them will keep you inactive.
  • Who cares what you look like? Do what you enjoy, or try something you never have before.
  • Think of different ways of exercising. There are many exercises you can do at home with no or cheap equipment.
  • Try to build exercise into your daily life. Take the stairs, walk to the shops, exercise while watching the TV.
  • Exercises DVDs are very popular, and lots of exercises require no equipment at all.
  • Low-impact exercise minimises the chance of injury. Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates are great for improving muscle strength, tone and balance.
  • How about walking? You don’t need to get changed or warm up, and it can be incorporated into your daily life.
  • How about cycling? A great form of transport, there are more cycling routes and lanes than ever before.
  • How about running? Start slowly then slowly get faster, and you don’t need to run every day.
  • How about the gym? Find an accessible gym full of accessible facilities, equipment and well-trained staff.
  • How about swimming? One of the safest ways to exercise, being in the water maximises the benefit you get from your movements.
  • There are loads of accessible sports out there. Try a few and find the one you most enjoy.

 

  1. Where can I find out more?
  • Your local library, leisure centre or council social services will have plenty of useful information.
  • Contact the National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs)
  • Contact English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS): efds.co.uk
  • Get in touch with your local County Sports Partnership (CSP): cspnetwork.org/your-csp

There are eight NDSOs that provide people of all ages with specific impairments opportunities to be more active and enjoy taking part in sport and exercise.

They are:

British Blind Sport: www.britishblindsport.org.uk

Cerebral Palsy Sport: www.cpsport.org

Dwarf Sports Association UK: www.dsauk.org

LimbPower: www.limbpower.com

Mencap: www.mencap.org.uk

Special Olympics Great Britain: www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk

UK Deaf Sport: www.ukdeafsport.org.uk

WheelPower: www.wheelpower.org.uk

 

Together We Will is brought to you by the National Disability Sports Organisations in partnership with EFDS and is supported by Sport England.