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.
Walking, cycling and multi-modal forms of active travel can significantly contribute to meeting the recommended levels of physical activity. This section explores some of the evidence in more detail.
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