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We Are Undefeatable

We Are Undefeatable

Welcome to the York specific page about becoming more active, while managing your long term health condition. Here you will find information on getting started, ways to move and stories of local people.

If you haven’t done so already, you might also want to visit the national website. You can view the We Are Undefeatable TV advert, find lots of useful resources and links to the national social media channels. 

Getting Started

We understand that how you feel can change from day to day. And sometimes, that can make moving more feel like a challenge.

It may be that being active has seemed like a big commitment or something that didn’t feel like it was for you. That’s perfectly okay.

The truth is that you can start small, and you don’t have to get moving when you don’t feel up to it. Ultimately, being active is about finding what works for you.

Here are four top tips when thinking about becoming more active:

  1. Find activities you enjoy – that way you are far more likely to keep doing it
  2. Start slowly and build up – don’t expect to see big changes overnight. Aiming for ten minutes of activity a day can be a good starting point.
  3. Make the most of your good days – listen to your body and do what feels comfortable that day.
  4. Move More – whatever you choose to do, it’s all good for your health and wellbeing. Try building more activity into your daily life (through walking, cycling, stretching) as well as an activity (swimming, pilates or a group).

You could also think about using a free app to track your activities – a great place to start is the Active 10 app.

Ways to Move

When it comes to finding ways to move, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, there are many, many ways to be active, including some that people may not realise actually countYou might want to join a club or a group trying something new in the process, or you might want to start with some simple activity that you can build into your daily life. See the links below for some ideas of what’s going on in York.

Moving in your own home

Activities you can do at home vary greatly and include very low-intensity options for moving more. Chair exercises, for instance, allow you to move and stretch your body while sitting down, making them suitable for most people. You can also do simple work-outs with equipment or objects you’d find in the home, like a small water bottle or a tin of beans. Search for “home object workouts” for more information and examples of workouts you can try.


York has a range of different locations where you can walk. From the city centre, to the villages and countryside on the outskirts. The beauty of walking is it can be part of your everyday life, such as walking to the shops or as part of a commute, or it can be a structured activity.

The place to start is the iTravel website, which gives information about walking in York.

If you are unsure of where to walk, plan your route in advance using a mapping tool. Many will pick up on footpaths that you maybe didn’t know existed.

You might like to connect with nature and follow a wildlife walk. See the iTravel York Wildlife Booklet for many different routes that you could follow.

Or, you could join in a free led walk, through the Walking for Health programme. There are 14 walks across the city, with some being weekly. The latest timetable of walks is available at York health walks timetable.


York has an extensive network of off-road cycle paths and on-road cycle lanes offers safe access into and around the city. Cycling can also be built into your daily life as a way of getting around/commuting or can also be a structured activity you take part in.

The place to start is the iTravel website, where you can find cycling routes and maps in York. Most mapping tools will also plan you a route via bike (rather than car) and will often pick out cycle routes that you might not know existed.

If you’ve never ridden a bike before on the roads (or have done so a long time ago), you might feel nervous about venturing out on a bike. If that sounds like you, then an urban cycle skill is perfect for you. It’s a 90 minute session, either one to one or with your family, where a cycle trainer will ride with you either from your home or your place of work (within the City of York). It’s not a test and it’s certainly not cycling proficiency, it is just a great way to build your confidence on the bike. For more information visit iTravel York – Urban Cycling Skills.

Groups and Clubs

You might want to try a new activity (or return to one you’ve done before). First, make sure that you’re comfortable engaging in the activity you’re about to try. Have the information you need before you start, and don’t be afraid to ask any questions you don’t know the answers to. There are some online resources and digital tools, like EXi, that can help you figure out how to go about trying something new based on your condition.

You can also use the Live Well York directory of sport and fitness activities to find an activity you are interested in. Use the drop down menu to select a particular sport.


If you have your own #WeAreUndefeatable story please let us know at livewellyork@york.gov.uk

We Are Undeafeatable is supported by the following charities: Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Asthma UK, Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, British Lung Foundation, British Red Cross, Diabetes UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind, MS Society, Parkinson’s UK, Rethink Mental Illness, Royal Voluntary Service, Stroke Association and Versus Arthritis.

For more information on long term conditions visit Long Term Conditions.

Last updated: 11/11/2020