Resources to help you stay physically active after discharge from hospital

Whilst in hospital you are likely to have been less active than normal.  You may as a result in feel weak and less steady on your feet after leaving hospital. This is normal.  It is due to a loss of muscle that occurs with a lot of bed rest or sitting. So it is important to rebuild muscles as soon as possible after illness.   Being active will help you to recover both physically and mentally.

What can you do to help yourself recover?

It is important to move around and do normal activities as much as possible. Sitting for long periods is not good for your health so regularly stand up and move around or do an exercise. We have put together a list of resources which will give you (and anyone you live with) lots of tips and guidance on how to be as active as possible. You may feel more tired than usual and may have some breathlessness. Pace yourself and do a little more each day.

Resources to help your recovery

We have put together a list of resources which may help you (and/or others you live with) to become as active as possible and to do this safely in your home. There is also some specific information on coping with breathlessness and anxiety.

These resources are all online. If you do not have access to the internet we hope you can ask a family member, neighbour or voluntary support group to print some of the resources for you.  Use the links (underlined text) below to access the resources.

Movement and Activity Videos and Live Online Videos

Movement and Activity Leaflets

Managing Breathlessness

Importance of Hydration and Nutrition

Nutrition and hydration advice for carers 

Specific Information for Carers

Other potential sources of support

  • There are other resources available in the media, including television, radio and daily newspapers.
  • Keep an eye out for these. For example, many TV and radio channels are offering movement and exercise sessions.
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