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
If you have a movement or sensory difficulty, you can adapt the activity.
Contact your local sports partnership on sportireland.ie 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
Talk to your GP before you start increasing your physical activity if you have:
- have any concerns about your health
- are not sure if the exercises are suitable
- are recovering from an injury
They can help you set realistic goals that take into account your level of fitness, symptoms and medication.
If any of the exercises are causing you pain or discomfort, stop and get medical advice.
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:
- Warm-up exercises
- Chair exercises
- Gentle exercise
- Lower-body resistance (part 1)
- Lower-body resistance (part 2)
- Cool-down exercises
45-minute exercise videos on YouTube: