Being active with a disability

Everyone can enjoy the benefits of being active, whether you have a disability or not. A more active lifestyle is something we can all achieve that will help us feel good.

Understandably, it can be more challenging for someone with a disability to start being active but it’s definitely achievable. Facilities all across Liverpool have been designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to access them. Lots of activities are much more inclusive than they used to be.

If you have a disability, you can absolutely enjoy the benefits of being active, by finding an activity that fits you and your needs. If you’re not sure, it can be a good idea to ask a GP or Health Professional for help with this.

How can being active help me?

Being more active can help you in many ways. It can help you feel more energetic in your day to day life, help you meet new people and have fun, and also reduce stress and help you sleep. Even adding small amounts of activity to your daily routine can make a big difference.

Being more active can:

  • Give you more energy
  • Boost your confidence
  • Help you sleep
  • Improve your mood
  • Reduce stress
  • Help you manage/lose weight
  • Fight aging by strengthening bones/muscles and improving balance and coordination
  • Help manage long term conditions like diabetes and COPD
  • Help you have fun with friends
  • Make you feel good about yourself
  • Reduce the risk of serious illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke

What activities can I do?

There are so many different ways that you can be active, it’s all about finding something that you enjoy that meets your needs. Visit our activities pages and browse activities like like walking, swimming, or chair-based activities to see if you can find something to meet your needs.  Many of the activities on offer are inclusive for people with a disability – you can contact them to find out more.  You can also find out about inclusive programmes such as Active Me and Greenbank Sports Academy.  Both programmes offer specific sessions for people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities.  As part of the Active Me programme, there are specific programmes for people with hearing loss and visual impairments.

If you’re not very active at the moment, why not ask a friend to join you?  It could be more enjoyable that way too.

How much should I do?

If you’re not very active at the moment, try starting by aiming to do at least 10 minutes of activity where you can. Once you’ve got started, you should try working towards doing 10 minutes or more on 3 or 4 days a week. Then, when you feel comfortable, work your way up to doing half an hour or more on 5 days each week (or 2 and half hours across a week if you prefer).

As long as it gets your heart beating a bit faster and makes you breathe a bit harder, it counts. A good way to see if you’re doing something at the right level of activity is to try and sing a song whilst you’re doing an activity. If you can talk but find it difficult to sing then this is a good level of activity for you.