Regular physical activity can help prevent and manage over 20 chronic conditions and diseases, more than any other single intervention. Even in later life, it can help treat and offset the symptoms of a range of chronic conditions (e.g. depression, CVD, Parkinson’s disease).
For people already with a chronic condition or disease, being more physically active will offer a wide range of mental and physical benefits and in many circumstances help treat the underlying condition(s) or disease(s). If you currently have a chronic condition, it is really important that you always check with a healthcare professional before starting any planned change to your daily or weekly amount of physical activity.
For more information on how to get active whilst living with a health condition - check out the We Are Undefeatable website.
If physical activity were a drug, we would refer to it as a miracle cure, due to the great many illnesses it can prevent and help treat.
Exercise on referral
The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) provides access to tailored and supervised exercise for those aged 16+, who are inactive and at risk of, or currently experiencing a long-term or chronic health condition.
Individuals can be referred by health professionals to a local NERS scheme and will receive an initial assessment, a 4-week review and a suitably graded exercise programme for 16 weeks. At the end of the programme, participants are encouraged to progress to a variety of opportunities to be physically active and are signposted to various programmes within local communities.
For more information on the Wales National Exercise Referral Scheme, including finding out if you are eligible to access the service, please click here.
Make a start today, every minute counts!