Disease specific resources for patients
- Benefit From Activity website – The information for this patient site has been taken from the RCGP fact sheets with the medical jargon removed. With the same evidenced information. it means information is synergistic between health professional and public
- ACE UP ‐ A pedometer intervention to increase walking in adults and older adults. An exciting proven practical walking intervention for general practices to help our patients walk more. This
intervention has been shown to reduce cardiac events and fractures in those who took part.
- Cancer Research UK – Useful web site pages aimed at encouraging exercise as a way of reducing cancer risk.
- Macmillan support materials – Information for those with cancer and after treatment. Ways to become active has links into activities near you.
- Macmillan Cancer Support also has videos on the benefit of exercise after a cancer diagnosis. Search for Move More events on Macmillan’s website.
- Cardiac health
- British Heart Foundation – Advice on Staying Active.
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease – National Kidney Federation and Kidney Research UK both have physical activity advice
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- The British Lung Foundation – Advice for patients on exercise.
- Diabetes UK is a leading charity group with a wealth of diabetes information and resources both for patients and healthcare professionals.
- Diabetes UK – Information on exercise for diabetes and other advice on diabetes management.
- Activity Alliance – an organisation that supports and promotes activities for people with disabilities.
- NHS Choices self-help guidance on exercise for fibromyalgia
- Mental Health
- The Royal College of Psychiatrists has information on exercise and mental health for young people
- The MIND Get Set to Go programme provides tips, stories and support to help people with mental health conditions get active
- Multiple Sclerosis
- The Multiple Sclerosis Trust – Patient information section on exercise.
- Musculoskeletal Health
- Versus Arthritis – Advice on exercise to manage pain and arthritis.
- Versus Arthritis – Exercise sheets and videos for patients on:
- Ankle sprain exercises
- Back pain exercises
- Knee pain exercises
- Neck pain exercises
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shoulder pain exercises
- Elbow pain including tennis elbow
- Keep moving conditions for home exercises
- The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists has created a section of their website particularly for GP information on exercises for patients with free downloads and plenty of advice on a range of conditions including keeping health at work.
- ShoulderDoc.co.uk – A website designed to provide information for patients and doctors on shoulder injuries.
- The Royal Osteoporosis society has developed a series of recommendations for exercise and physical activity for osteoporosis and bone health
- Pain and Exercise
- Understanding and managing pain: information for patients – The British Pain Society leaflet has a good description about pain and exercise p17-19, including a pain cycle diagram and very sensible explanations to help understand pain.
- Parkinson’s Disease and Exercise
- The Parkinson’s UK Website advice on exercise with links.
- Pregnancy and Exercise
- While there have been a range of guidelines from around the world, the last UK one was in 2006. The latest global guidelines is the Canadian one. 2019 Canadian guideline for physical activity throughout pregnancy
- UK Guidelines: Pregnancy and Physical Activity Chief Medical Officer Infographics
- Tommy’s Charity has excellent sensible advice on exercise in pregnancy.
- Self Motivation for Exercise
- This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England and partners to inspire women to move more and prove that judgement is a barrier which can be overcome.
- Sitting and Exercise
- Getting Started – Simple tips on increasing activity in your daily life.
- Do you sit at a desk all day – The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists has a useful set of exercises on a free pdf download for desk workers or even use yourself!
- Get Britain Standing – The campaign to grow awareness and educate on the dangers of sedentary behaviour.
- Walk4life – A useful walk site for the UK with a simple ordnance search map to look for walks anywhere in the UK and a useful widget device (puts their website direct on your own website). The widget can be loaded onto business websites, public companies’ websites etc. Individuals who sign up free can put their own walks on and monitor their own fitness via the website.
- Walk Unlimited -The home site of the organisation behind Walk4life and Benefit from Activity. They have several useful websites on healthy lifestyle and a site of ‘Dr maps’ with examples of maps which have been created for GP surgeries, hospitals or businesses. Why not get walking maps around your health establishment for yourself, staff and patients
- Walking for Health – England’s network of walking schemes
- Let’s Walk Cymru – Wales network of walking schemes
- Paths for All – Scotland’s network of walking schemes
- Walk NI – Northern Ireland’s network of walks and groups
- Couch to 5k -The starting course from sedentary through to running with a 9 week course of training podcasts.
- The Daily Mile – Encourages school children to become active
- Parkrun – Organise free weekly 5km runs around the UK in parkland
- Sustrans – The cycle charity promoting cycling as a healthier, cleaner and cheaper mode of transport with plenty of advice and cycle routes available by a postcode search. Has the National Cycle Network on their site to access for routes near you.
- The Activity Alliance – Organisation that supports and promotes sport for people with disabilities. Helps you find activities to suit the individual if you are disabled.
- 10 Today. 10 Today is an exercise programme launched by a host of experts and led by older people, for older people. It provides a series of easy and accessible 10-minute broadcasts, which can be done almost anywhere and at any time, in a group or alone, standing up or sitting down, and which can be adapted to different fitness levels. 10 Today aims to increase physical activity amongst older people across the country, helping to improve physical and mental wellbeing. Watch the workouts.