First, make sure that you’re comfortable engaging in the activity you’re about to try. Have the information you need before you start, and don’t be afraid to ask any questions you don’t know the answers to. There are some online resources and digital tools, like Exi, that can help you figure out how to go about trying something new based on your condition. You can find a link to Exi in the list of relevant resources.
There are lots of ways you can try new activities from the comfort of your own home too. Why not check out Royal Voluntary Service’s Virtual Village Hall? This online activity hub and community features over 850 free sessions available to view on-demand or join live!
Once you’re ready to give your new activity a go, feel free to take things slowly. Stopping and starting is completely fine as you’re getting your bearings, and it can help to build up your level of activity over time.
You might find you need a bit of practice to get the hang of things, or that you might encounter setbacks. That’s perfectly okay, and doesn’t have to stop you from keeping going.
If you enjoy the new way you’re moving, keep at it. And if you find you don’t like it, it’s fine to stop and try to find something new - ultimately, being active is about finding something you enjoy and that works for you.
Whether you’re just starting to be active or trying a new activity, we recommend building up to it gradually. Stop if you feel dizzy, unwell or your condition changes or worsens. If you’re having difficulty managing symptoms of your condition at the present time, condition specific information is available on relevant charity websites or on the NHS website. Or if you are still struggling, phone a healthcare professional for a chat.