Managing physical activity with a health condition

For women living with a disability or health condition, it may be challenging to meet the Australian Guidelines to Physical Activity. It’s important to find activities that are appropriate for your ability and/or health condition. Make sure you speak to a doctor first before starting any new activities. 

Here are some things to keep in mind: 

  • Do some research on your condition to better understand what exercises might be suitable. 
  • Consider exercising with a trusted friend or healthcare professional, who understands your needs and won’t push you beyond what you feel comfortable with. 
  • Don’t overdo it – physical activity looks different to everyone, so try not to compare yourself to other people. 
  • Acknowledge that accessing NDIS funding can be difficult, which can make it hard for people with disabilities to be included in sporting and recreational activities. 
  • Make sure you are having fun! 

Exercise tips and resources

  • Exercise Right have advice and resources for over 45 different chronic conditions that you can explore.
  • Exercise Right also have great resources on exercising with a disability.
  • Chronic pain can be debilitating, so make sure you read this article by Exercise Right, to better understand your body if you are experiencing chronic pain.

Watch Rhonda speak about managing symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis through physical activity.


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