A survey by website patient.info revealed the top activities doctors advise for chronic health conditions
1 Yoga and Pilates
The relaxation and breathing techniques of yoga and Pilates, together with the mindfulness of the movements, help calm the mind and relax the body. They are recommended for patients with anxiety, stress or depression, and help reduce the symptoms of osteoporosis.
Cycling is the exercise GPs suggest most frequently for patients with type 2 diabetes as it is easy to start with a low intensity and build up slowly. It is also beneficial for those with high blood pressure.
The support provided by the water means that swimming is good for people who cannot do high-impact exercise such as jogging. Doctors recommend it if you suffer from osteoporosis, arthritis or Parkinson’s.
4 Bowls and pétanque
Bowls and pétanque are gentle ways to keep active and are suitable for people with arthritis, osteoporosis or Parkinson’s. They work your arms and legs and are good for your balance and coordination.
Playing golf regularly brings all-round health benefits and could even increase life expectancy, according to scientists. The walking burns off calories and it is recommended for people with a range of chronic illnesses, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.