Exercise help!



I was just wondering if anyone had any helpful tips regarding exercise.  I need to swim as that’s one of the only things I can do, but I can’t afford to join a gym.

I work part time due to my arthritis and I was just wondering if anyone had any helpful ideas or know of any schemes in place which are cheaper or accommodate disability in their prices.

It's a bit of a long shot I think, but thought I would ask!

Thank you



  • Anna
    Anna Moderator Posts: 1,003

    Hi @Luna6 ,

    You could contact your local authority - they very often offer discounts on council gym facilities, and sometimes arrange free or low cost activities for people with disabilities.

    if you’re interested in online activities, I recommend Let’s Move with Leon. Its a Versus Arthritis programme and it’s great fun. Here’s the link:

    Anna ( Mod)

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  • RogerBill
    RogerBill Member Posts: 223

    Hi @Luna6 On various internet websites there are details of a lot of exercises you can do at home. For example https://www.physiocure.org.uk/files/hip-arthroscopy-pre-op-exercises-2021-2.pdf and an NHS physiotherapist should be able to provide a more tailored set of exercises. I found doing a little but often at home far more convenient and less time consuming than going to a gym or physiotherapist. Minimal equipment is required, for example, there are a lot of good exercises you can do with resistance bands. The main problem is exercises can be boring but at home you can at least play your choice of music or radio programmes.

  • Luna6
    Luna6 Member Posts: 5

    Thank you so much for your comments and ideas, I will take a look x

  • gambit73
    gambit73 Member Posts: 6

    Hello @Luna6

    how has your progress gone since you posted ?

    I may be able to help with some easy exercises you can try, as I this time last year was just under 20 stone and i can happily say i am now just over 16 stone, i never went to a gym as wasn't keen on socialising, and devised my own little routine which meant i didn't even have to leave my cramped flat, yet what may be good for me may also not be for others due to it maybe being a little intense in areas of pain due to the arthritis,

    Also having the right sort of music to workout to helps greatly because you can have a bit of a boogie and fun while exercising,

    PODGE Member Posts: 14


    You have probably sorted yourself out by now.

    However if not, walking local nature reserves and parks has helped my body and mind. Plus FREE!

    Also my local leisure centre does a one pass card off peak if on a benefit FREE. One centre has hydrotherapy pool which I am trying out but still unsure more hassle getting dressed and undressed lol

    Maybe worth an enquiry for you tho?.

    Enjoy the rest of your day xx