Fitness Ideas for People with a Disability

There are many ways a person with a disability can get fit, but what they can do depends on the level of disability and where it affects them. Here are some ideas to get fit for a wide variety of disability levels.

  • Swimming – people with only one limb can actually swim, as amazing as that seems, so swimming will suit many disabled people. It is an ideal way for them to get fit and train their bodies to make the best out of their remaining muscles. It also trains the heart and lungs to get fit.
  • Aqua-robics is also a good way to get fitter if swimming is not your thing. The water helps to support you and exercises can be done without putting too much pressure on painful areas.

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Staying Fit with a Disability

Anyone with a disability will know the importance of staying fit. The less you have to work with, the more important it is for it to be fit.  For instance, if you have one leg, it will have to work twice as hard, so if you allow it to become unfit, your ability to move around will be reduced even more. That’s not to say the effort to stay – or get – fit is easy. But it can be done, as many amazing Paralympians will testify to.

Your choice of ways to stay fit will essentially need to depend on your disability. Some disabled people cannot move from a wheelchair, but this doesn’t preclude them from partaking in some kind of exercise. You just have to find something you can do, and there will be help available from physiotherapists and occupational therapists as well as friends and family who will help and cheer you on.

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