Identifying barriers to exercise
Remaining physically active is important for everyone, but sometimes this is very challenging for the SRUK community. A study set up by the Scleroderma Patient Intervention Network sought to understand what the major barriers and facilitators to exercise are.
multi-centre study was to identify physical activity barriers and facilitators which may support their attempts. identified by the general population and those with other rheumatic conditions
and were similar to those previously identified by both the general population and people with other rheumatic conditions. Promisingly, previous interventions that have employed strategies to overcome recognised barriers and appropriate facilitators have shown to be effective in helping their participants commence an exercise routine. This present study was the first phase of the SPIN – Physical Activity Enhancement Project, set up with the goal of disseminating an online scleroderma-specific intervention to promote and support physical activity. Whilst still in early stages, the findings demonstrate a route both the patient community and healthcare professionals
safely, but SRUK recommend that if you are changing your exercise regime that you ask your medical team for advice on how to do this safely, as well as potentially a personal trainer. This is because what works for one person may not work