1st Apr 2020

Apps to keep active with a health condition during c-19

Amie Mills

By Get Active, in partnership with the Sport Tech Hub

Regular physical activity or exercise can reduce your risk of some health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and help you manage others. Regardless of your age or ability, regular physical activity can improve your quality of life. 

Research by Sport England already indicates that being less active is more common for those with a disability or long term health condition. To make the situation worse, and with the covid-19 outbreak also has the potential to disproportionately impact on many people that are the most vulnerable in society, including the elderly and those with a health condition.

Working in partnership with the Sport Tech Hub, we have compiled a range of free/freemium solutions that can help you get more active, manage your health and combat social isolation – check them out below! 

iPrescribe Exercise

By entering some simple health information, the iPrescribe Exercise app helps to build a 12-week physical activity programme that is specific to your health needs. 

You will have the option to select any combination of 20 chronic health conditions that the app can specifically target with tailored exercise.  The app also asks if you are on any medications that will affect your heart rate or rhythm, to ensure safe exercise.  

What do we like about this app?

iPrescribe Exercise provides an impressive amount of information for users and healthcare practitioners – including the ability to export the the health data in a progress report. 

This app is for anyone who wants to improve their overall health, but can also be used to manage a number of long-term health conditions and help those at risk of developing them become more active and increase their activity levels. 


iPrescribe Exercise have released their app early to help those most at risk groups to stay active. They are also offering a digital service to any medical rehab programme (e.g. cardiac or cancer rehab) that had to shut due to the covid-19 outbreak, at zero cost. 

Download for iPhone


Image taken from the iPrescribe Exercise website

Image taken from the Beam website.


Beam offers on-demand and live exercise classes for people with chronic health conditions. The app embeds a real social element into the workouts; experience the feel-good energy of the live classes with encouragement from the instructors and opportunities to connect with class-mates before and after the session.  

What do we like about this app? 

The live classes are run by specialist physiotherapists and instructors who share your medical condition.  Advice on keeping active for your specific medical condition can sometimes be challenging, so it’s reassuring to know that Beam go above and beyond to provide support for you.


Beam are offering 2 months free access to help people get the exercise they need during this COVID-19 outbreak.

Sign up via their website.

Memoride with Activ84Health

Memoride allows residents of care homes to virtually go outside from within the safety and comfort of an indoor environment; back to the streets where they used to live (for a ride down memory lane). 

Their technology combines a traditional fitness device with user-friendly software, such as a tablet or television screen, to provide a unique experience to users.

What do we like about this app? 
Memoride offers meaningful activities to keep elderly people active physically, cognitively and socially, by bringing the outside indoors and triggering pleasant memories for users. 
One day per week, we want to offer free use of Memoride for nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, hospitals. Only care organisations can apply (B2B), no individual users possible.

Image taken from the Memoride website.

Image taken from the isoshealth website.


isoshealth connect you to Dietitians, Physiotherapists and Psychologists for an online consultation through a quick and easy process. The app matches you with a with several specialists with at least 10 years of experience in the field, allowing you to pick the practitioner best suited for your needs or goals. 

What do we like about this app? 

Providing a tailored approach to your needs, isoshealth simplifies access to health practitioners. The app helps to break down barriers of time and geography, making the services more accessible for all! 


One free session – 30 minutes with a practitioner of your choice.

Discount code: freetoyou

Sign up via their website.

PAI Health

The PAI Health app is a smarter way to track your physical activity and keep your heart healthy. 

PAI is a science-backed health score that helps improve cardiorespiratory fitness, providing you with personalised weekly goals and how to maximise your fitness routine,  guiding you to a longer, healthier life. 

What do we like about this app? 
With the help of wearable devices such as a Fitbit, the app can calculate your Fitness Age based on your profile and activity, enabling you to understand more about your heart health and whether it is better or worse than it should be for someone of your age. 

Image taken from the PAI Health website.

Further resources 

If you would like to find out more about other technological solutions to help you with activities, check out the Sport Tech Hub’s database, here

How can you help people stay active? 

The Sport Tech Hub have been working with health, sport and fitness industry leaders to collate a range of technological solutions to help people keep active during the coronavirus pandemic.  

If you would like you add your tech product to the database, click here

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Being active is about finding out what works for you. We can help you find loads of great activities to choose from, however fit (or unfit) you think you feel.