What is Let’s Move?

What is Let's Move?

Let’s Move is our new programme for people with arthritis who want more movement in their lives.

The programme is designed to find the level of movement that’s right for you and help you build confidence in your body. As part of Let’s Move, you’ll:

  • receive content to help get you active, specially curated for people with arthritis and related conditions.
  • hear inspiring stories about people with arthritis whose lives have been transformed by movement – from tai chi to dancing.
  • join our online community on Facebook and Instagram, where you can connect with people on the same journey and find expert advice.

You can choose how to access our Let’s Move content – we’ll send you a Let’s Move email every week and share activities regularly on Facebook too.

Sign up for Let's Move emails now.

What is Let’s Move with Leon?

Let’s Move with Leon – our programme of weekly 30-minute exercise sessions – is finished for now. We’ll be back with more from Leon later on in the year.

If you still want get tips, ideas and exercises to get you moving, sign up to Let's Move.

Let’s Move provides information via email and on our social media pages about moving with arthritis. You’ll receive a wide range of content – from exercise videos to stories and interviews with experts – straight to your email inbox.

Sign up to Let's Move emails now.

 

How do I make sure to receive Let's Move emails?

As part of our Let’s Move community, we want to make sure you don’t miss out on any emails. It’s possible our messages are not delivered or could end up in your spam/junk folder. To make sure you get our emails, please ‘whitelist’ letsmove@versusarthritis.org.

Whitelisting our email address letsmove@versusarthritis.org is different for each email provider.

If you have a Gmail account click here, for Outlook click here, for Yahoo click here and for Hotmail click here.

If you’ve a different email provider, just Google “how to whitelist an email address in [insert your email provider]” and the instructions should come up.

Can I follow Let's Move if I’m not on social media?

Absolutely! We will deliver all our Let's Move content – from exercise videos to stories to interviews with experts – straight to your inbox.

We’ll also put most of this content on our social media channels, for those of you who like to chat and share ideas with people in the same online community.

What if I am unable to complete all of the movement sessions or exercises?

Let’s Move is designed to meet you wherever you are on your journey with exercise – together, we can find the level of movement that’s right for you.

There’s no pressure to complete the exercises. They’re designed for you to do at your own pace. You can take on as much or as little as you feel comfortable with.

Listen to your body, be kind to yourself and start small. We also know that every day is different, so you may want to take it easy on your bad days and do a little more on your good days.

Why are you recommending exercise to people with arthritis?

Our research shows exercise can be one of the best ways for people with arthritis to feel good, move well and live healthier lives. On top of all the physical benefits, movement can boost mental health, improve sleep and reduce pain.

Let’s Move does not try to address arthritis symptoms directly, but our research has found that exercise can:

  • reduce pain and stiffness
  • increase joint and muscle strength
  • improve general flexibility and mobility
  • lessen the risk of hip fractures or falls
  • reduce fatigue
  • help alleviate depression.

You can do all of the exercises in Let’s Move at your own pace. It’s important to listen to your body and do what’s right for you. You can take on as much or as little as you’re comfortable with.

If you’re not sure whether you should be exercising, check with a healthcare professional.

Get more information on exercising for healthy joints.

Won’t exercise make my symptoms worse?

We know that, for some people, arthritis makes the simplest tasks – like going to put the kettle on or hugging someone you love – extremely painful. So we understand that people might be worried about making their symptoms worse by signing up for an exercise programme.

It’s important to listen to your body, be kind to yourself and do what’s right for you. Please don’t push yourself beyond what you’re comfortable doing.

You can do all of the exercises in Let’s Move at your own pace, and take on as much or as little as is right for you. We also know that every day is different, so you may want to take it easy on your bad days and do a little more on your good days.

If you can do even a little exercise on a regular basis, our research shows that it can ease arthritis symptoms. For example, exercise can:

  • reduce pain and stiffness
  • increase joint and muscle strength
  • improve general flexibility and mobility
  • lessen the risk of hip fractures or falls
  • reduce fatigue
  • help alleviate depression.

If you’re not sure whether you should be exercising, check with a healthcare professional.

My health professional hasn’t told me I should exercise – why are you telling me to do so?

Evidence shows that one out of every four people would be more active if a GP or nurse advised them to do so. Yet nearly three out of every four GPs don't tell people about the benefits of physical activity because they lack the knowledge, skills or confidence.

We’re here to help fill that gap. We’re committed to providing high-quality, evidence-based support, information and guidance to people with arthritis. Let’s Move is part of that commitment.

Our research shows that, for the vast majority of people with arthritis, exercise can ease symptoms and make a real, lasting, positive difference. But, if you’re not sure whether you should be exercising, check with a healthcare professional.

Don’t you think this trivialises the problems people with arthritis face? For some, it’s agony just to move, never mind to exercise?

We know that, for some people, arthritis makes the simplest tasks – like going to put the kettle on or hugging someone you love – extremely painful. So we understand that people might be worried about making their symptoms worse by signing up for an exercise programme.

But our research shows that, for the vast majority of people with arthritis, exercise can ease symptoms and make a real, lasting, positive difference. But, if you’re not sure whether you should be exercising, check with a healthcare professional.

We know that, when it comes to arthritis, exercise can:

  • reduce pain and stiffness
  • increase joint and muscle strength
  • improve general flexibility and mobility
  • lessen the risk of hip fractures or falls
  • reduce fatigue
  • help alleviate depression.

It’s important to listen to your body and do what’s right for you. That’s why Let’s Move is designed to meet you wherever you are in your journey with exercise – together, we can find the level of movement that’s right for you.

Have you consulted with people with arthritis when designing this exercise programme?

Yes, at all stages, people with arthritis have shaped this programme, from research through to testing of exercises.

By developing Let’s Move in close collaboration with people with arthritis, as well as with top health specialists, we believe we have made this programme accessible to millions of people across the country.

People have different types of arthritis with different symptoms – how can a single exercise programme be right for everyone?

We know that everyone’s experience of arthritis is different. That’s why our Let’s Move programme offers more than just exercise. It will provide a whole range of content – from exercise videos to stories to interviews with experts – straight to your inbox.

Does this programme imply that everyone with arthritis should exercise?

Exercise might not be right for everyone – if you’re not sure, check with a healthcare professional, such as your GP or rheumatologist.

But our research shows that, for the vast majority of people with arthritis, exercise can ease your symptoms and make a real, lasting, positive difference to your life.

We know that, when it comes to arthritis, exercise can:

  • reduce pain and stiffness
  • increase joint and muscle strength
  • improve general flexibility and mobility
  • lessen the risk of hip fractures or falls
  • reduce fatigue
  • help alleviate depression

It’s important to listen to your body and do what’s right for you. Let’s Move is designed to meet you wherever you are on your journey with exercise – together, we can find the level of movement that’s right for you.

Is this programme only focusing on people who can do lots of exercise?

We want to help everyone living with arthritis – regardless of their level of fitness or mobility – to benefit from a more active life.

Let’s Move is for people who want to and are able to exercise, the programme will provide you with information about moving with arthritis. You will receive a wide range of content – from exercise videos to stories and interviews with experts – straight to your inbox. We’ll also share this content on social media.

I’m keen to push myself hard and get fit – will these exercises help me do that?

Yes. Let’s Move allows you to listen to your body and do what feels right for you. It offers the benefits of regular fitness programmes, as well as the benefit of being tailored to the needs of people living with arthritis and related conditions.

On some days, you may need to do fewer or different activities. Whatever you’re able to do, moving is good for your health and wellbeing, and small amounts of activity throughout the day all add up.

Where has the money come from for this?

The Let’s Move programme is funded by the Sport England Lottery.

I hurt myself doing exercise and my symptoms got worse – why are you recommending it?

We’re very sorry to hear that exercise worsened your symptoms and caused you pain. We know some types of exercise aren’t suitable for everyone, and we recommend that anyone who isn’t sure exercise is right for them consult a healthcare professional first.

If you decide to sign up to Let’s Move, it’s important to listen to your body and do what’s right for you. Please don’t push yourself beyond what you’re comfortable doing.

Given the threat that COVID-19 poses to people, shouldn’t you be focusing on helping people with arthritis get the right information and support to protect themselves?

We’re committed to helping people with arthritis get the support, care and advice they need at this difficult time. We check and source the latest information from the NHS, and we work with the British Society for Rheumatology on how to best protect people with arthritis during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find information and advice on COVID-19 here.

Who do I speak to about feeding back on this? I have loads of suggestions – I might want to do videos myself.

That’s so great to hear. We’d love for you to send us your videos or let us know your suggestions. You can email your videos to letsmove@versusarthritis.org or get in touch with our team for a chat. We look forward to hearing from you.

Is there anyone I can speak to about the exercise programme to make sure it’s right for me?

Yes, we’d be happy to talk to you about our programme. You can speak to one of our team at letsmove@versusarthritis.org.

See more information about on exercise for healthy joints here.