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Staying active with a health condition

Over 1 in 4 people live with at least one long-term health condition and these numbers are rising. You're twice as likely to be inactive if you have a health condition. However, being active can help to manage over 20 long-term conditions such as depression and type 2 diabetes. It reduces the risk of developing some conditions by up to 40%. It can also delay the onset of and reduce the severity of many health conditions. Moving a little can make a big difference.

Being active is about finding out what works for you, and working around how you feel. For example for some people, a short walk might be all they can manage one day. For others, it might be swimming or getting active at home. Its important you celebrate the little victories, but also recognise down days.

Women walking with a prosthetic leg

Find your move

When it comes to finding ways to move, people are suited to different things. There are many ways to be active, including some that people may not realise actually count. 

We are Undefeatable is a national campaign supporting those with long term health conditions to be more active.

Find out more on the We Are Undefeatable website.


Additional information

  • Age UK Barnsley is a fun and informal group based on staying healthy in your later years.
  • Barnsley Premier Leisure encourage all disabled customers and their carers to use their facilities whenever we are open. They offer some dedicated sessions at some sites. These are suited for people with disabilities and those who require the assistance of care.
  • Charlotte’s Tandems lend, at no cost, tandems and more. This is to people with disabilities or extra needs, who're unable to ride a bike safely on their own. It means they can enjoy the wonders of cycling.
  • Livewell Barnsley supports you to find groups in your local area.