Physical activity resources
The resources, literature and organisations which underpin the ‘Movement for Movement’.
Active Practice Charter
Signing up to become an Active Practice is the best way to demonstrate to staff and patients that you mean it when it comes to physical activity and health! For more information, please explore our Active Practice Charter webpage.
Couch to Fitness
For lots of people the idea of going to the gym or joining an exercise class is daunting.
Couch to Fitness is a fitness programme, a free, 9-week programme designed for complete beginners that can be done from their own home and at their own pace. The expert instructors will guide them through a 9-week programme to gradually build up their fitness. Enjoy getting fit from home by following our online workout that is suitable for all levels and flexible to fit into your schedule.
The RCGP collaboration with parkrun UK promotes the health and wellbeing of staff and patients. GP practices across the UK are encouraged to develop close links with their local parkrun to become parkrun practices.
An award-winning resource developed by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) as part of Sport England and Public Health England's (PHE) Moving Healthcare Professional programme. The Moving Medicine website provides a platform and structure for clinicians to have conversations about physical activity with their patients.
Motivate 2 Move
A fantastic resource for GPs developed by Dr Brian Johnson and team. It brings together the best available evidence for physical activity in the context of specific medical conditions – Motivate 2 Move is essentially a free-to-access virtual textbook on everything a GP could ever want to know about physical activity!
Active employee toolkit
Our funding partners at Sport England have developed this Active Employee Toolkit which has information about how it’s a win win for people to be active at work. It includes useful tips and suggestions for how to develop an active culture in your workplace.
We are Undefeatable
We Are Undefeatable is a major national campaign supporting people with a range of long term health conditions, developed by 16 leading health and social care charities and backed by expertise, insight and National Lottery funding from Sport England. The purpose of the campaign is to support and encourage people to be active in ways that work with their conditions, not against them. The website is packed with ideas, facts and resources for patients and the medical teams supporting them - check it out!
Make your Move videos
A key message is that physical activity is good for everyone - particularly those who have existing longterm conditions. From the team behind ‘We Are Undefeatable’ the Make your Move videos are aimed at people who are experiencing symptoms including pain, fatigue, stiffness and low mood. The purpose of these ~15minutes videos is to motivate and support people to be active in a way that works for them using simple, varied and FUN activities that are designed to improve strength, balance, coordination, energy and stamina and relieve stress. Please share the videos with patients!
Swim England has released a range of fact sheets on swimming with particular health conditions to help quash the stigmas associated with exercising in the water. They are designed to be used by healthcare professionals, pool staff or patients themselves. Topics include asthma, glandular fever, ear infection, dementia and epilepsy. The Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Swimming report highlighted the enormous potential benefits swimming and aquatic activity have to support the health of the population. The unique properties of water make swimming perfect for people of all ages to exercise, particularly those with injuries, impairments, long term health conditions, or those who struggle to exercise on land.