About the Author: Rachel Smyth

29 November 2021

The Richmond Group of Charities’ physical activity coalition – Movement for All – has developed a new physical activity DVD aimed at people living with multiple long term health conditions.

Working with the wider partnership behind the award-winning campaign We Are Undefeatable and a team of expert instructors, the sessions have been specially designed for people who may experience symptoms such as fatigue, pain, stiffness and low mood. The project is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England.

The series – Make Your Move – aims to support people to be active at home and is available on DVD and on YouTube. The charities hope the DVD and online videos will motivate people to be active in a way that works for them, using simple and varied instructed activities that are designed to improve strength, balance, coordination and energy and reduce stress, and are suitable for a variety of activity levels.

There are 6 different physical activity sessions, covering dance, energy, balance, strength, boxing and mindfulness. Each is around 15 minutes long with a chance to take pauses throughout, and no specialist equipment needed. Each one can be tried independently of the others, in any order. No experience or knowledge of a specific activity is needed.

Developed by experienced instructors, the videos offer three different ways of doing the exercises – from a chair, assisted and standing, and have an introduction from Dr Andrew Boyd,GP and Clinical Champion for Physical Activity.

They focus on ensuring the audience are being mindful of the day-to-day fluctuations in symptoms and therefore their ability to perform the activities. The sessions are accompanied by appropriate safety messages, instructions and signposting to more information and support.

The first video can be found below and full playlist can be found here.