Those with long term health conditions are half as likely to be active than those without, however, we know that moving a bit more can help prevent some, and manage many, chronic conditions. It can also help reduce the severity or impact of some symptoms. People with long term health conditions face unique barriers related to their condition, as well as societal barriers and a fear that being active might make their health issues worse. It is therefore important to work with communities to co-design solutions that address the specific barriers faced by people with long term health conditions. Here you will find the latest research related to the physical activity and sport levels, motivations and barriers of those with long term health conditions and disabilities.
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People with a long-term disability or health condition are twice as likely to be inactive as those without. Worryingly, in Greater Manchester inactivity levels across this group are higher than national average figures.
Latest insight on the impact of Covid-19 on their behaviours and attitudes towards physical activity for people with long term health conditions where they share the most up to date insights
Activity Alliance’s Annual Disability and Activity Survey, supported by Sport England, has been released this week giving an in-depth comparison of disabled and non-disabled adults’ experiences of sport and activity. Complementing Sport England’s Adult Active Lives Survey, the report provides greater detail on the perceptions, experiences and issues important to adults with disabilities.
New research undertaken by Activity Alliance on non-disabled people’s perceptions and attitudes of disabled people in inclusive activity has shown that there are encouraging signs of an improvement. However, there is a long way to go for the barriers to be broken down, and for inclusive sessions to become the norm.