Fitness Apps for the Chronically Sick and Less Mobile

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We have several posts on the site that look at using apps to help people get fit, but what if you can’t run due to a medical condition or a serious illness? We are going to look at apps that can help you improve your health, even if you are less mobile.

Before you start any exercise routine we recommend talking to your doctor. If you do have a medical condition they can advise you of the best way to tackle fitness in relation to your condition.

Walking apps

Walking is a low impact exercise, so it’s easy for you to get involved – even if you’re not feeling your best. In fact, walking could help you feel great again!

Most modern smartphones have built in sensors that can track your movement, so can count your steps as you walk. Apple has a health app that will be installed on your iPhone phone already. If Google Fit is not installed on your Android it can be downloaded here:

With both of these apps it is possible to set your own goals, you don’t need to be able to walk 10,000 steps in a day, you can set realistic goals you can achieve, even if you cannot walk 5 miles a day.

The NHS has an app called Active 10, which is designed to get people walking briskly for 10 minutes each day. It works with either apple or Android and can be downloaded from here:

Authors note, I’ve been using this app for a couple of weeks as a trial, but I’m not keen on it personally. The active 10 is 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking, so if you stop to cross a road you don’t complete that 10. I don’t think the tracking is accurate either, at least not on my phone, however it may be worth a try if Google Fit or Apple Health don’t appeal to you.

For those that would have a serious medical condition there is a walking group in Droitwich that would be an ideal place to start. The group is run by a trained specialist respiratory nurse. The walks are geared towards the individual ability of each participant – even if they can only walk a few steps or are taking oxygen! After the walking session there are refreshments and discussion about managing chronic breathlessness. Carers are also extremely welcome.

More information here:

They also have a Facebook page here:

Other Apps

Not everyone is capable of walking, so what fitness apps are out there for people that cannot walk?

SitFit lets you exercise from the comfort of your own chair. If you are unable to stand for very long, these short exercises are for you. It is a selection of videos guiding your through seated exercises.

Android app here:

Apple app here:

Chair yoga has something for everyone and can benefit those with muscular skeletal issues as well as those who spend most of their time in a chair, wheels or otherwise. Yoga has been around for many years and has helped to keep those who are committed to it keep fit, lose weight, be more flexible.

Google app here:

Office workouts

There are a couple of apps that have been designed to be used by office workers, this means some of them can be done from a chair and none of them require any equipment.

100 Office Workouts is available on Android here:

Blockfit for Apple devices is here:

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