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The We Are Undefeatable Campaign Could Help You, a Friend or Family Member

You may have previously or more recently seen the We Are Undefeatable TV ads. Perhaps heard it on the radio and read about it on social media. However, you may not be entirely sure what it’s really all about. Or realise how the campaign could help you, a friend, or family member. So what is We Are Undefeatable?

The We Are Undefeatable Campaign

We Are Undefeatable is a national campaign to support the 15 million people who live with one or more long-term health conditions in England.

The campaign is led by a collaboration of 15 leading health and social care charities and benefits from the expertise and insight from Sport England, along with National Lottery funding.

Launched in August 2019, We Are Undefeatable aims to help and support people with health conditions, to build physical activity into their lives.

Conditions could include but not limited to: Cancer, Arthritis, Asthma, Alzheimer’s, back pain, some long-term limiting mobility conditions, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (or other lung conditions), Dementia, Heart Disease, Stroke, Hypertension (or other heart related conditions), depression or anxiety, MS, Parkinsons’, Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.

Being Active

Being active will mean different things to different people so it’s important you are supported in a way that’s right for you. Most people know that becoming and staying physically active helps maintain physical function, mental health and overall wellbeing. However for people with health conditions it’s not always that simple, especially when you’re dealing with pain and fatigue.

Adding even small amounts of activity though can make a significant difference, it all counts and adds up.  It’s about finding out what works for you, and working around how you feel or around the unpredictability/ups and downs of your condition.

For some that might be doing gentle exercises at home, or a short walk might be all that’s manageable that day.  For others it might be a run, cycle ride or doing online activities at home. What’s important is that any movement helps.

So whether you’re trying a new activity or doing a little more of something you already do, however big or small, it all makes a difference and should be celebrated. And, if you are staying at home to do activity, connecting with family and friends will really help with your mental health and wellbeing too.

Resources to Support You, a Friend or Family Member

If you have online access the We Are Undefeatable website has lots of information, resources and ideas on how to get started.

We also provide a range of Online Activity Sessions for all abilities and ages. Along with other interesting articles on our Resources page that relate to We Are Undefeatable. Such as ‘Are Superheroes Undefeatable? My Dad My Hero’.

Plus, the 15 leading charities that support this campaign will also have specific information on their websites. These health and social care charities are: Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Asthma UK, Breast Cancer Care, British Lung Foundation, British Red Cross, Diabetes UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind, MS Society, Parkinson’s UK, Rethink Mental Illness, Royal Voluntary Service, Stroke Association and Versus Arthritis.

For family members or friends that do not have online access We Are Undefeatable has produced a new leaflet. This can be downloaded or printed and then shared.

At Active Devon we also have ‘Active Agents‘. This is our brand-new live-chat service to help you have a real conversation, with a real person from the comfort of your own sofa. The Active Agents are all members of our very own friendly and supportive Active Devon team. They are not athletes or world-record holders, but local, helpful and informative people with real lived experience. Or, if they can’t directly help they will signpost you to someone who can.

Why the Campaign is Needed

One in four people in England live with a long-term health condition, and those in this group are twice as likely to be inactive, despite evidence that being active can help manage many conditions and reduce the impact and severity of some symptoms.

Even small amounts of activity can make a significant difference to overall health and wellbeing.

Sport England research shows that:

  • 69% of people living with long-term health conditions would like to be more active

  • 66% say it would help manage or improve their condition, with improved mood and wellbeing seen as the biggest benefit (52%)

  • Nearly a quarter (24%) of people with a long-term health condition feared that physical activity would make their health issues worse and two in five (44%) would like more help and advice on how to be more active

The survey of more than 1,000 adults also revealed that people with long-standing health concerns feel they face some unique barriers:

  • Over a third of people (36%) cited lack of energy as the main barrier to increasing physical activity; two in five (40%) reported that pain caused by their health condition prevented them from increasing the amount of physical activity they do

  • Over a quarter (28%) of people with a long-term health condition reported that the unpredictable nature of their condition made it hard to commit to a routine

Top Tips for Moving More With a Health Condition

  • Keep it simple. Involve family and friends. Finish your activity when you feel good and build up activity bit by bit
  • Be kind to yourself on the not so good days and make the most of the good ones too
  • Find ways to move that work best for you and find something that you enjoy, as you’re more likely to keep doing it

“At Active Devon we passionately believe that being active is important as ever. However, safety is paramount, and it is crucial that everyone follows current government guidance if leaving their home to exercise. See here for more Guidance on Being Active, and for further advice visit Get Active at Home and Get Active Outdoors. #StayActiveStaySafe.”