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Exercising Programs For People With Disabilities

  • Published: 2009-02-10 (Revised/Updated 2013-06-07) : Anne Clarke.
  • Synopsis: The benefits of working a consistent exercise program and weekly routine are the same for the disabled as for anyone else.

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Quote: "Some swimming exercises are actually perfect for many people who can not do virtually any other kinds of physical exercises aside from physical therapy."

The benefits of working a consistent exercise program in someone's weekly routine are the same for the disabled as they are for anyone else! You will be able to control your weight, increase your strength and mobility, reduce pain, maintain your independence, uplift yourself, and literally lengthen your life.

Whether you have an inherent physical disability, serious injury, and/or a chronic pain problem that holds back your ability to exercise in certain ways, there may be an exercise program out there that is perfect for you.

If you are just beginning to adjust to an injury and/or chronic problem, be sure to take all of your doctor's recommendations seriously. If you have any doubts about your doctor's advice, for example: if you want to do more, or feel as though you are doing too much (both of which can be unfortunate) you can always get a second opinion.

Nonetheless, no matter how you feel it is never a good idea for you to go against doctor's (or multiple doctor's) instructions. That is, unless you find from another professional opinion, that a previous doctor has missed something and your body is ready to do more - or not read yet to do so much. Remember, pain is your friend. This is because pain tells you when you are perpetuating your disability by moving too fast or strenuously with your exercise program. Your body is the best indicator of the success of your physical treatment, therapy or exercise program.

The benefits of working a consistent exercise program in someone's weekly routine are the same for the disabled as they are for anyone else! You will be able to control your weight, increase your strength and mobility, reduce pain, maintain your independence, uplift you, and literally lengthen your life. As someone who honestly and especially cares: do not go right out and purchase exercise equipment, low impact exercise merchandise and videos or DVDs, sign up for fitness classes or anything else. Not yet. Talk to your doctor.

The very first step is to get an OK as well as a recommendation from your doctor. The simple truth is that doctors and specialists know and understand your physiology as well as your disability even better than you do - so you should never do anything without a professional opinion. The very best news, though, is that these medical professionals will probably have more suggestions for solutions for you and exercising despite your disability than you would have ever expected.

Start out easy. Some swimming exercises are actually perfect for many people who can not do virtually any other kinds of physical exercises aside from physical therapy. Then there are ways to start out without straining yourself, the key is to take it easy, do not rush it - let your body heal itself through smart exercise for people with your type of handicap.

For example:

Perhaps you should start walking. You will want to begin with absolute concentration on deep breathing, try to be certain that you are in a relaxing mode and you can start jump your relaxation by taking slow breaths. Think of taking breaths so deeply that you focus on "breathing from your diaphragm" as you do in many aerobics classes and other kinds of exercise. Walking, or other, similar kinds of exercise (with or without home exercise equipment) is a great and easy way for someone to loose weight. Ambiance and/or distraction are very important.

You can really relax and unwind when you walk at you own pace, and until you decide that you have had enough. Nonetheless, sometimes people overestimate themselves when they walk around the neighborhood. If you walk too far, going back home may be a struggle that your body does not deserve to go through. This is why so many people like to get their own home exercise equipment.

Whether a treadmill, an elliptical machine or a sitting bike, you can go at your own pace and stop when you need to. Many people like to light candles and listen to music when they exercise at home. Stretching is another great way to begin working out. Often this is done at home, unless you have a personal trainer or physical therapy.

Reference: Anne Clarke's background includes teaching, gardening, and fashion. For more of her articles on fitness, please visit americanfitness.net, supplier of high quality Exercise Balls and other Fitness Equipment.

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