Being active with a health condition

Most health conditions are helped by being physically active.

That includes chronic (long-term) diseases such as:

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • arthritis
  • cancer
  • asthma
  • osteoporosis

If you have a movement or sensory difficulty, you can adapt the activity. Contact your local sports partnership on to find out what programmes and activities are available in your area.

Be as active as you can be. Aim to meet adult guidelines of at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on 5 days a week.

You'll know it's moderate activity if it:

  • makes you breathe faster
  • raises your heart rate
  • makes you feel warmer

How to improve your fitness

Non-urgent advice: Talk to your GP before you start increasing your physical activity if you have:

  • a chronic condition such as diabetes, heart disease or osteoarthritis
  • symptoms such as chest pain or pressure, dizziness or joint pain

They can help you set realistic goals that take into account your level of fitness, symptoms and medication.

Exercise videos

HSE physiotherapists have created some exercise videos. You can do these exercises at home.

They are suitable for adults living with chronic conditions.

10-minute exercise videos on YouTube:

45-minute exercise videos on YouTube:

Page last reviewed: 30 January 2019
Next review due: 30 January 2022