Exercise for people with disabilities

We see it all the time in the media, the latest health push by the government or some other likely faces telling us that we should all be getting more exercise. What about if you are disabled? If you have a disability then it may be hard enough just getting by each day, let alone doing some form of regular exercise. However, there is no discounting the health benefits of exercise for the mind and the body. The first important thing you need to do is find the right exercise for your condition; even a slightly strenuous walk can get your heart pumping and help your physical fitness.

Hearing or sight impaired

For people who have hearing or sight problems, life can be a daily grind, but when you add exercise into this bracket it can seem ten times worse. However, there are more athletes than ever with these conditions who are making waves in the sporting world; Maria Runyon, for example, is a blind athlete who ran in the 2000 Olympic games.

The important thing, just as it is for everybody who is starting a new exercise regime, is to ease your body into any new exercise. Don't go in their all guns blazing or you are likely to get hurt. Start with gentle cardio and resistance exercise, ensuring that you maintain the correct method. A personal trainer is an ideal option if you are joining a gym, as they can guide you through the exercise routines. There are also many other initiatives that you only need to make the effort to learn about in your local area, as they are unlikely to jump out at you.

Wheelchair users

Anybody who is beginning a new exercise regime should seek guidance from their medical practitioner or physical therapist to ensure that the exercise they are about to embark on is suitable and that their body is ready to come under such strain. There are exercises that you can do in the home, though there should be local services that cater for your specific condition. There are upper body exercises to keep your body in shape, such as the bicep curl. Ultimately, however, you need to be creative and find a method of exercise that suits you. Having the guidance of someone will also help to keep your exercise routine on track. You always need to ensure that you set yourself realistic goals and that the exercise is tailored to your specific disability.