We all know that being active is important to be healthy, but what are the benefits of exercise for disabled people? Finding activities I am able to do is a challenge, I used to go to the YMCA regularly. Now my workouts there are too much for me, so I have been trying to find the right activity? How many of you are in the same situation, and maybe we can find something we all can do?
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Exercise Benefits When You Are Disabled
I want you to know the benefits before we start our search for options, so here are some of the reasons we should be as active as we can be.
- Stamina Improvement
- Strengthen Our Muscles
- Anxiety Relief
- Stress Relief
- Improves Our Mood
- Helps with Depression
- Relive Pain
Joining exercise groups such as at the YMCA is important for social benefits, I developed social anxiety from being homebound for years. This is common among people with limitations, so this can prevent or improve social anxiety. We will have more self-esteem as well, and that is why this article is important for you to read.
Best Exercises For The Disabled
I did some searching around, and I found these suggestions from the Disability Horizons website, so I thought these were worth sharing with you. This seemed like a very good resource to get some information, and here is what I found on their site.
- Sit to Stand
- Seated Tricep Dips
- Seated Knee Raises
- Sit and Walk
- Reverse Crunches
- Dorsal Raises
- Seated Back Extensions
- Resistance Band Reverse Flys
- Seated Shoulder Press
- Resistance Band Leg Press
I recommend anyone interested visit this website, you will find an explanation of how to do each of these properly. You even have access to videos for each one as well, so if this interests you Disability Horizons can help you.
For those of you confined to a wheelchair, you might find these specific exercises the best for you. I got these from another good resource, so you can be sure they are highly recommended. Here is the list from the article, and I am very sorry to know you are confined in a wheelchair from your disabilities.
- Resistance Bands
- Pulley Systems
- Therapy Putty
- Hand and Arm exercises
You will find these at any place that sells healthcare products for the disabled, so besides exercises how many of you are interested in activities instead? It is much more fun participating in something you enjoy, and these can become boring after a while.
Adaptive Sports For The Disabled
Stride is an adaptive sports organization for the disabled, and I got a list of all the sports that you could participate in. This really is interesting to know about, and this is the first time I have heard about it.
- Sled Hockey
- Target Shooting
- Whitewater Rafting
If any of these are appealing to you, I suggest you go to the Stride Adaptive Sports website to learn more. I don’t have the time in this article to provide the information, but maybe this will be a good topic for the future? If you would like me to do an article on this organization, I just need you to leave me a comment.
Fun Activities For The Disabled
Maybe you are not into sports, and the exercises in this article just don’t appeal to you. What I suggest is we look for some fun hobbies, so that is what my next list is going to provide you.
- Horseback Riding
Above are the most common and the most popular fun activities, and they all could be great hobbies to add to your life. It depends on your limitations of course, but remember there is special equipment available for these? Gardening equipment for the disabled has allowed me to pursue my love for growing plants in my apartment, so this is only one example.
Horseback Riding For The Disabled
When I was a boy riding my horse was one of my best memories, but I never thought about that being something I could still do now. This is actually used as a type of therapy for many health problems, and here are a few that this has provided positive benefits for.
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Downs Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Attention Deficit Disorder
Do you or anyone you know live with any of these, and if so horseback riding would be awesome therapy? This is something I would enjoy doing again, I am going to add this to my list of possibilities.
Gardening For The Disabled
I am only doing houseplants since moving to my apartment, but I also am in the process of creating a garden balcony. This is not going to happen all at once, so this is a long-term project to work on this summer. Let us see how you could start gardening again, and maybe I can even use some of these tips?
- Adaptive Gardening Tools
- Garden Paths at Least 3 Feet Wide
- Raised Garden Beds
- Hanging Planters with a Pulley System
Adaptive gardening tools would be my first investment, I struggle to use my hards for very long at a time. Even typing this article on my computer takes me longer than most people, but this is something I enjoy doing to help you.
Fishing For The Disabled
I gave up fishing when I became disabled, so maybe there is a way I could start fishing again? My favorite was trout and bass fishing, but enduring so much pain it is just not worth me doing it anymore.
- Adaptive Fishing Rods
- Adaptive Fishing Reels
- Wrist Saver Rods
- Reel Gripper
- Fishing Rod Holders
- One Arm Fishing Bandit
Wow, I had no idea there were so many adaptive products for fishing? Anyone who is interested really should check these out, you might need to check medical supplies? They usually have the best products for the disabled, but this is something that is very possible despite our limitations.
Hiking For The Disabled
There is even adaptive equipment for hiking, you would need to do some research to find the best trails near you. If I wanted to go hiking again, what would I need?
- Adaptive Biking
- Adaptive Fishing
- Adaptive Camping
- Adaptive Paddling
- Outdoor Therapy Equipment
I never realized there was so much adaptive equipment for fun activities, I only knew about the daily living aids that were available. This article is really educating me, so how about you?
Adaptive Equipment For The Disabled
This article really has opened my eyes, we really have ways to be more active. They really should make this better known, so many of us have given up the things we love to do. I am very happy with the outcome of this article, and I hope it has provided you some helpful information? This might inspire you to check into this equipment, and start enjoying some of the things you used to do?