We take a look at how some people have overcome their health issues to get active!
Heather on getting active with multi-joint osteoarthritis
'I knew I needed to get moving and slowly I became fitter and more confident.’
Janet on getting active with arthritis
'I saw a local Nordic walking class advertised in my paper and haven’t looked back.’
Ged on getting active with heart disease
'Cycling on an ebike is a very enriching and rewarding experience.’
Ann on getting active with arthritis
'Exercise is delaying – hopefully permanently – the need for a knee replacement.’
Anna Curtis on getting active with a pelvic prolapse diagnosis
'I couldn't run for a long time but I found other forms of exercise to help me through that time.'
Annette Louis on getting active after a hysterectomy
'I’ve got more energy and it feels like my life has just begun again in my 50’s'
Brian Watters on getting active with double hip surgery
'Staying active after such a huge operation has enabled me to keep my independence and enjoy my retirement to the full.'
Con Heywood on getting active with a bowel cancer diagnosis
'I can only describe the experience of being diagnosed with bowel cancer as an unpleasant white knuckle roller coaster ride. The exercise I did gave me some control and improved my mental strength and resilience.'
Corinne Snowling on getting active with a breast cancer diagnosis
'I would say that exercise should be a part of everyone’s recovery programme after surgery; the mental and physical benefits are an invaluable addition to a good recovery.'
Diane Dyer on getting active with a fibromyalgia diagnosis
'I would encourage anyone who doesn’t do much activity to choose something they enjoy, to start slow and build up.'
Margaret Cox on getting active with scoliosis
'I try to do at least an hours activity every day. I play badminton, do circuit training, walk, cycle and dance. I like to do fun activities that involve other people so that it is a social occasion too. We laugh a lot so it makes you feel happy and connected.'
Mark Campbell on getting active with a PTSD and chronic pain diagnosis
'People think you have to be ripped with muscles to do it but I climb regularly with amputees.'
Rod Hunt on getting active with chronic knee problems
'I have been active all my life – whether it was surfing, playing rugby or cycling – and I didn’t want to lose that important part of my life.'
Sheron on getting active with osteoarthritis and sciatica
‘Dancing doesn’t just keep me mobile, it has given me a zest for life. Some mornings I can barely move but I go to class and come out on a high and my body feels supple.’