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We are very excited to announce our new partnership with charity WheelPower. This has enabled us to give the chance to members to apply now for a set of resistance bands so that you can keep active at home during this difficult time.  If your application is successful we will send you a resistance band set which will include hand grips, ankle straps and a door anchor that make it easier to target different muscle groups, including biceps and triceps, back and shoulders, chest and legs and abdomen.

Resistance training builds resistive power in body muscles and there are many benefits to adding these exercises to your weekly routine.

The bands can be used for the exercises featured in WheelPower’s Resistance Band Exercises for Wheelchair Users film or for yoga, warming up before exercising, strength training or physical therapy rehabilitation.  They are designed for aerobic and anaerobic exercise, physical fitness and weight loss. To access more of WheelPowers great resources visit

The application for can be found below.

 Applications can be sent by post or emailed to

As we have had such a good response to the Resistance Band Grants and with the easing of lockdown and warmer weather, we thought it useful to remind you of the recommendations for safe exercise or physical activity (from the BPF Post-Polio Syndrome: a guide to management for health care professionals).


• Physical activity or exercise must be matched to each person's ability, started gradually, with periods of rest and to take into account the longer recovery times required.

• It should be pain-free and non-fatiguing

•  Monitor closely to identify any increases in muscle weakness or pain

• Progress to any higher level slowly


This guidance will be familiar to you from other BPF information on pacing and self-management.

There are many videos on the web for exercising with resistance bands, some will not be suitable for polio survivors - if you are concerned please contact your health care provider for further advice.


So, we hope you enjoy the warmer weather and that those of you who have received the exercise bands find them helpful.


But please, start slowly, pace yourself, avoid any increase in pain or fatigue - and let us know how you get on.

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