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Spring exercise

Running motivation, wheelchair friendly exercise and more ideas to get you moving this Spring.

By Callum Campbell · Published: March 29, 2021

woman running through trees

With the weather starting to get a bit better, Spring is a great time to start exercising. Moving your body releases endorphins that can help boost your mood and improve self-esteem. Exercise can also help to reduce the effects of depression and anxiety, and lessen the effects of dementia in older people. You can find out more here: mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-using-exercise


Getting started:

Unsure about where to start with exercise? The most important thing is to pick something fun!

The NHS’ Couch to 5K is a tried and tested plan for getting you running. nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week   

WheelPower has some fantastic wheelchair-based workouts including seated Yoga, workouts for young people, using resistance bands and more. youtube.com/user/WheelPowerVideos/playlists

The BBC Get Inspired initiative has some great resources on a range of sports, and options to search for inclusive clubs in your area. bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/23196217

woman pushing girl in a wheelchair in a park

Walking with the family

The National Trust has a great list of accessible walks to get the whole family involved on their website here >>

You can also use Walks with Wheelchairs to find routes in your local area: walkswithwheelchairs.com

by Chloe French, WellChild Family Membership and Engagement.


First published 29 March 2021

Next review due September 2021