If you struggle with mobility or live with a disability, it can be very hard to keep active while staying at home.
While you should never do more than you can manage, there are ways you can keep your fitness levels up safely and comfortably.
Take it slow
For many, being out of your routine is extremely frustrating and disorientating, so don’t expect to fall straight into the perfect exercise regime without a hitch.
Give yourself time to adjust and adapt. Those with autism, or other behaviour or learning difficulties, in particular, will need a period of adjustment while a new routine is set up.
Do what you can
Being restricted at home is stressful enough, so don’t add to it by putting yourself under pressure. Whether you manage just 15 minutes a day, or an hour every other day, set your own pace.
Do things that you enjoy and feel comfortable doing. If you want to try something new, then great, but don’t feel you have to continue if you find it’s not for you.
There are lots of resources available online to help guide you through this time. From instructional and motivational videos, to information packs and guides. Take advantage of the information available and use it to help keep you focused.
You can also speak to your healthcare provider about the best ways to keep active while at home. They will be better positioned to help you, based on your individual needs.
Let’s Move Lincolnshire
Let’s Move Lincolnshire has brought together a range of online activities aimed at people with a disability or long-term health condition.
There is also guidance regarding physical activity and what is appropriate to you.
Other specific information is available from the following organisations.
Learning Disability England;
British Heart Foundation;
One You is Lincolnshire’s healthy lifestyle service, which supports residents to go move more, go smoke-free, lose weight and drink less.
You can also email email@example.com or call 01522 705162 to find out more.