Pilates for People with Disabilities

People with a disability are the most at risk of unhealthy weight gain and losing muscle tone, especially if they are wheelchair bound for most of the time. It is essential for them to have some kind of exercise to increase lung function and keep their cardiovascular system healthy. Pilates will not only keep them more flexible, give them more stamina and boost muscle strength; an added benefit of exercise is that it increases endorphins in the body and so makes you feel good rather than depressed, something that many disabled people struggle with.

Pilates is one form of exercise that many disabled people can take part in because it is low-impact. Developed by Joseph Pilates in the 20th century to help injured dancers and athletes recover their strength, the movements have been adapted from ballet, yoga and callisthenics. In the United States alone, over 11 million people practice Pilates.

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What Kind of Exercise is Best for Arthritics

Arthritis is a crippling disease and many sufferers find it difficult to move about due to their stiff and painful joints. Yet most health care professionals would agree that exercise and movement is good for those joints, helping the sufferer to remain mobile and active for as long as possible. However, there are some kinds of exercise that should not be done, because of the damage that can occur to joints that are already in poor condition.

Anything that jolts the joints should be avoided. This includes such things as running or even jogging, jumping, skipping and so on. If you land heavily on your feet in doing any exercise, avoid it. If it is your elbows, wrists or shoulders that are affected, anything that puts too much strain on these parts of the body should also be avoided. Rather, gentle exercise that includes a whole range of motions is far better. It stretches and strengthens the muscles surrounding the joint so more support is provided.

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