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Simple solutions to common barriers

This guide contains some easy ways to get started on your activity journey.

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Want to take part, but don’t know how? Here are some simple answers to some of the most common issues we hear from our community.

No time to get active?

  • Make an action plan
  • Spend more time with family and friends and be active with them
  • Fit physical activity into everyday activities, e.g., dancing around the kitchen whilst cooking dinner
  • Be active when travelling, e.g., wheel to the shops instead of getting the bus

Lack of support or access?

  • Find a partner you’d like to do physical activity with
  • Connect with your organisations in your local community to find out about accessible opportunities
  • In poor weather, try exercising with a video or with the resources
  • If you have a personal budget, see if you could use this to take part in physical activity or sport

When you feel like you just can't get active

We know it can be hard to get active sometimes. As a Disabled person, it can be hard to feel motivated when there are many barriers that stop you from participating. But we know you can do it, simple things like our check-list below can help:

  • Start with what you know and build your skills.
  • Do what works and focus on what you can do
  • Think of activities that you enjoy, such as dancing or gardening, rather than forcing yourself to do things completely out of your comfort zone
  • Take a tour of a facility that offers an activity that interests you.
  • There may be certain places with adapted equipment available for you to use.


Physical barriers preventing you taking part?

  • If pain is a barrier, being more active may actually be effective in reducing pain
  • Starting physical activity can be difficult when you feel fatigued, but it’s worth it in the end.
  • Do what you feel comfortable with, often you’ll feel more energised and much better after a workout

Next Steps

We want to hear from you! 

We’d love for you to share your experiences of getting active and having fun wherever you are. Please do get in touch to share your thoughts on the latest news or what sport and physical activity mean to you.

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