We are Undefeatable County Durham
County Durham is one of ten areas in the UK chosen to run a 'place based' pilot scheme, to support the We are Undefeatable (WAU) campaign.
The campaign supports people with a range of long-term health conditions and has been developed by 16 leading health and social care charities and backed by expertise, insight and significant National Lottery funding from Sport England.
The campaign's purpose is to support and encourage finding ways to move that work with each person's conditions, not against them.
We know that one of the barriers in having the confidence to undertake physical activity is how you are feeling. That's why We Are Undefeatable wants to support people in finding the confidence to enjoy physical activity and inspire them to start their day by moving to their mood. See Move to Your Mood on YouTube.
There's a video for whatever your mood is each day, whether you're Feeling Relaxed, Needing A Boost or Feeling Energised. See We Are Undefeatable: Move to Your Mood.
For local support see our Moving with disabilities and long term health conditions page.
Watch the video of Liz Oakes, Project Coordinator for We Are Undefeatable, as she joins the Mental Health Swimmers in Seaham.
When you're managing a health condition you may be fearful of worsening your condition or experiencing potentially undesired effects from moving more. In fact, when activity levels are increased gradually, the risk of serious adverse events is very low.
Being active is about finding what works for you, as well as what's in keeping with the latest health advice.
To find help to get you moving with your disability or long-term condition, see advice from the relevant organisations:
- Arthritis Action: Exercises. Arthritis Action has launched a series of online chair-based exercises developed with the aim of helping those with hip, knee or spinal Osteoarthritis more mobile and active.
- British Blind Sport: Active At Home. Audio workouts, both live and on demand from British Blind Sport, for people with visual impairments - including audio transcripts.
- British Gymnastics: Love to Move programme is an age and dementia friendly seated gymnastics programme which is transforming the lives of people living with dementia.
- Diabetes UK: Staying well during coronavirus and lockdowns have put together some tips to support you in keeping well and managing diabetes if you're staying at home more often, whether you're in lockdown, self-isolating or just spending more time inside.
- Parkinson's UK. Physical activity and Parkinson's: Exercise is good for you. It's especially good for you if you have Parkinson's. The best exercise to do depends on the way it affects you. We are here to support you whether you want to join a group, stay fit at home, or just get a little more active in your daily life.
- MS Society: Simple exercises for MS. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis can make it hard to exercise. Therefore, the MS Society have worked with personal trainer Dom to create a range of exercises for people with MS. These workouts are designed for different levels of mobility.
- We Are Undefeatable is a collaboration of 16 leading health and social care charities and they've put together a number of activities that you can do while complying with the Government's social distancing advice.
To see how moving more could help you, read our stories from people across the county on our Moving stories page.