We Are Undefeatable
Addressing the barriers to exercise
Research shows that over two thirds (69%) of people with long-term health conditions say they'd like to be more active. Despite this, they're twice as likely to be inactive.
The survey of over 1,000 adults revealed that people with long standing health concerns feel they face some unique barriers. Two in five (40%) reported that pain caused by their health condition prevented them from increasing the amount of physical activity they do.
We Are Undefeatable recognises these barriers. And it shows the emotional stories of people living with a variety of health conditions getting active in ways that suit their needs.
Part of a strong community
Rebecca Fowler, 36, from Worcestershire lives with MS and features in the campaign. Her MS diagnosis meant it was impossible for her to work as a physiotherapist, and she found it increasingly hard to be active. Over the past few years, she's taken up wheelchair dancing.
Rebecca says: “Dancing was always something I had enjoyed but I never had lessons. I quickly fell in love with it and have been dancing for just over two years. My weekly dance classes have given me a new friendship group. And I am now part of a strong community of people living with long-term conditions and disabilities who are united by their love of dance. It has been a wonderful and unexpected benefit of being involved in a dance group.”
The benefits of exercise for MS
Our Chief Executive, Nick Moberly, says: “It’s a common myth that people with multiple sclerosis (MS) will make their condition worse if they exercise. In reality, physical activity can actually help manage symptoms like fatigue, balance problems, or muscle spasms – as well as improve your mood and generally keep you as healthy as possible.
“MS is unpredictable and different for everyone. But whether your symptoms are minimal or severe, it is possible to be active with MS – you just need to find something that works for you. It could be cycling, gardening, or simply stretching.”