Whatever your impairment or health condition, being active is good for you in so many ways. It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, stress and depression and boost your self- esteem, energy levels as well as make you feel stronger both physically and mentally. The campaign partners for Together We Will have released five top tips to support and encourage disabled people, their friends and family to be more active and get stronger.
This summer, Together We Will is encouraging disabled people to become healthier, stronger and have fun being active with friends and family. As part of the campaign, the National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) and English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have published five tip tops to support disabled people on their way to be more active and become stronger – whether that’s physically or mentally, or both.
1. Choose an activity that gets you moving. It doesn’t have to be a competitive sport, just something that gets your heart going a little.
2. Don’t fear taking part and getting involved with other people. Take a friend or family member with you – there’s strength in numbers.
3. Take it steady, you’ll soon start to feel stronger in lots of ways. It can help with flexibility, strength, co-ordination and balance.
4. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones so that you don’t become overwhelmed and can reach your full potential.
5. Remember, it’s not all about being physically strong. Being active is great for your mental strength and can boost your confidence too.
The Together We Will campaign is brought to you by the NDSOs and EFDS, with backing from Sport England. It looks to address the low number of disabled people who regularly take part in sport or exercise as highlighted in the most recent Sport England Active People Survey.
According to Sport England’s Active People Survey (2016) disabled people are currently half as likely to be active as non-disabled people. As one in five people in England have an impairment or long-term health condition, disabled people make up a large proportion of everyone's community.
Other insight shows that disabled people are keen to involve family and friends when being active – so there’s strength in numbers. Fun is also highlighted as a key motivator, and we all know that exercising is more fun when we take part together.
In addition to Together We Will get stronger top tips, we've also created a handy frequently asked questions (FAQs) guide to being active. So if you're not sure how being active can help you, or don't know where to start, click here to read Together We Will be more active FAQs.
Together We Will runs from July to September, as the nation embraces a summer of sport. Over the summer NDSOs and EFDS will share disabled people’s experiences of sport and exercise, so others can learn more from the information and make choices about the activities they want to try.
For more information about Together We Will and support on how you can be more active, visit the joint campaign page.
Join the conversation on social media using #TogetherWeWill and share your personal stories and photos of being active this summer.