For substantial health gains, people living with disabilities are encouraged to aim for at least 150 minutes each week of moderate intensity activity. This includes strength and balance activities at least twice a week. Now that we have to spend most of our time indoors, it’s important to find the right exercises to keep us active at home.
Here are some great resources that Get Set Leeds collected to help adults and children with disabilities stay active during lockdown.
NHS offers a series of exercises suitable for disabled people that range from strength and flexibility ones to low-impact exercises such as yoga, pilates and tai chi which are adapted to meet the needs of people with different type of disabilities. Go to the bottom of this page to find more tips and activities for disabled people: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-active-your-way/#disabled.
MS Society encourages people with Multiple Sclerosis to exercise in order to stay as healthy as possible and improve their mood. They’ve put together a full guide on the benefits of exercise, tips for getting started, and a variety of workout videos specifically designed for people with disabilities. Visit https://www.mssociety.org.uk/care-and-support/everyday-living/staying-active to find out more.
Rebecca from We Are Undefeatable was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, but she continues to be active through dancing. She gives some really useful tips on how to stay active indoors when you have a disability. Read her story here: https://weareundefeatable.co.uk/our-stories/rebecca.
Active Imaginations recommends three great games for children with restricted mobility: ball bounce, sticky spiders web, and sock basketball. They are all fun games that you can do indoor with your children to keep them active and happy. Check out https://www.activeimaginations.co.uk/find-an-activity/ and choose the ‘Restricted mobility’ category.
Council for Disabled Children has put together a list of general information about CoronaVirus, learning resources to support home schooling, but also family learning activities from Save the Children. To find the full Covid-19 support and guidance for disabled children, visit https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/help-resources/resources/covid-19-support-and-guidance.
Remember – even a little movement is better than nothing! #StayHome and #StayActive!