THOSE with long-term health conditions are being encouraged to keep moving and exercising as part of a national campaign.

LiveWire is backing the new Sport England campaign, #WeAreUndefeatable, aimed at the 28 per cent of the population with long-term conditions such as asthma, arthritis, dementia, Multiple Sclerosis and cancer, and runs until Sunday, October 13.

People living with long-term physical and mental health conditions are twice as likely to be inactive as those without such conditions but LiveWire is encouraging people to exercise in any way they can.

Ian Hall-Dixon, 71, from Great Sankey, has asthma and high blood pressure, and has been exercising regularly with LiveWire at Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub for about four years.

He said: "The physical decline that occurs from accepting a sedentary lifestyle, as a result of health problems, can be held at bay in an enjoyable manner by regular weekly exercise sessions.

"There is also an enjoyable social interaction at the weekly sessions between people with similar health issues – I’m sure this adds to the sense of wellbeing too."

Christine Royle, 78, from Woolston, has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and enjoys regular Tai Chi and pulmonary rehab classes with LiveWire.

She said: "I find exercise helps keep my airways open, enabling me to carry on as normal.

"My advice to other people living with similar long-term conditions would be do not hesitate, go for it when it comes to exercising."

Neil Morley, senior LiveWire advisor, said: "Here at LiveWire we can guide you in becoming more active with the right type of exercise for you.

"From living with arthritis, a recent diagnosis of cancer or breathing problems, we can advise on the best type of exercise."

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