Exercises and lessons in Yoga, Aerobics, and Pilates fitness routines for individuals with disabilities or chronic health conditions. Yoga and Pilates which have, both been gaining in popularity over the last decade are two mind-body exercise interventions that address both the physical and mental aspects of pain with core strengthening, flexibility, and relaxation. There has been a slow evolution of these nontraditional exercise regimens into treatment paradigms for lower back pain treatment.
If you suffer from a disability or are rehabilitating after injury, then yoga and the Pilates system will help you recover quickly and effectively, reducing the likelihood of recurrences or relapses.
In one study of the effect of Pilates compared with traditional treatment on individuals who had low back pain, it was shown that there was a significant and similar reduction in pain intensity and disability in both groups. And in another study of low back pain, where the effects of Pilates were compared to traditional care, Pilates was more effective in decreasing low back pain and disability.
Yoga - Are you looking for a workout program that's easy to learn, requires little or no equipment, and soothes your soul while toning your body
If strengthening your cardiovascular system, toning and stretching your muscles, and improving your mental fitness are on your to-do list, you could try yoga. Yoga refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines originating in India, to the goal achieved by those disciplines; and to one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy.
Yoga can be beneficial for individuals with disabilities or chronic health conditions through both the physical postures and breath-work. Each pose can be modified or adapted to meet the needs of the student. Yoga asanas can be performed while seated in a chair or wheelchair. In a yoga class for individuals with disabilities, yoga asanas are modified or adapted, and may be performed with the instructor's active assistance as needed.
Pilates - Pilates (or the Pilates method) is a series of about 500 exercises inspired by calisthenics, yoga and ballet that improves flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness. It was devised in the 1920s by physical trainer Joseph Pilates as a way to help injured athletes and dancers safely return to exercise and maintain their fitness.
Some of the benefits of Pilates include improved posture and increased flexibility, strength, coordination and balance. Pilates consists of moving through a slow, sustained series of exercises using abdominal control and proper breathing. The quality of each posture is what's important, not the number of repetitions or how energetically you can move.
Pilates Rehabilitation Series instructs students in the use of a Nagi-evolved classification system of disability. The Nagi model includes four classifications that aid in determining the severity of disability, and identifies the best path of care. The classifications include pathology, impairment, functional limitation, and disability. The use of this model improves the holistic implementation of Pilates to meet the individual needs of patients in an evidence based structure.
Aerobics - Aerobics is a form of physical exercise that combines rhythmic aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training routines with the goal of improving all elements of fitness (flexibility, muscular strength, and cardio-vascular fitness). It is usually performed to music.Aerobic exercise is when the body uses oxygen while producing energy for physical activity. 'Aerobic' means 'with oxygen' aerobic metabolism occurs when the body breaks down fat and glucose by combining with oxygen. During intense aerobic exercise, the body uses more oxygen, and breathing and heart rate increase. Over time, regular aerobic exercise will improve a person's health and fitness and reduce levels of body fat.
Regular physical activity reduces the incidence of cardiovascular disease and helps to prevent diabetes, injury and some forms of cancer, as well as positively influencing mental and social health and wellbeing.
Many types of exercise are aerobic, and by definition are performed at moderate levels of intensity for extended periods of time. To obtain the best results, an aerobic exercise session involves a warming up period, followed by at least 20 minutes of moderate to intense exercise involving large muscle groups, and a cooling down period at the end.
For abdominally obese older patients, a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training is the best way to reduce insulin resistance and disability, a randomized trial showed. The combined training regimen led to significantly greater reductions in insulin resistance than with resistance training alone and greater improvements in functional limitations than with aerobic exercise alone.
Note: Always consult with your doctor before embarking on any new fitness program, especially if you are over 40 years, have a pre-existing medical condition, or haven't exercised in a long time.
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