Exercise Recommendations For Disabled People

If you have a medical condition, the government recommend that you should get two and a half hours a week of aerobic activity in episodes of at least 10 minutes if you are able to. You should also aim to do muscle strengthening exercises at least twice a week. If you can’t manage it, you should avoid being inactive as far as you can and do whatever physical activities your disability allows.

Health benefits of exercise

1. Arthritis and joint pain if you exercise more, even if it isn’t strenuous, it will help your body to produce its own glucosamine, a substance found naturally in the cartilage of the joints and in the synovial fluid around the joints. Its function is to ‘cushion’ them against damage and help them glide more smoothly. In osteoarthritis – which is common in younger people with disabilities – the cartilage is worn away. This causes bones to rub together painfully and bits of bone to break off (called bone spurs). As the condition is degenerative, often joints will need to be replaced. This puts the younger disabled person in the position of having to have repeated surgeries throughout their life as surgeries are only a temporary solution. Getting regular exercise to increase your production of glucosamine can help cushion your joints and slow down the development of arthritis. In a study on the effect of exercise, people with knee osteoarthritis were given painkillers, patient education and access to a doctor. Some were also given exercise therapy. Those who participated in the exercise therapy had less pain and a reduction in their level of disability. 2. Back pain disability can alter walking gait and cause abnormal loading which can stress the joints and twist the spine. This can cause chronic back pain and/or headaches. A gentle exercise program tailored to the individual needs of the person could help to reduce his back pain. This is because exercise stimulates our bodies to produce endorphins – a natural painkiller that can sooth aches and pain. Back pain can be reduced by up to half just by exercising. Exercise also improves flexibility in the joints and so lessens the risk of accidents and back injuries. 3. Stress the rigors of dealing with life with a disability and dealing with discomfort can leave you feeling stressed or with disrupted sleep patterns. Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones – adrenaline and cortisol – helping you to stay relaxed and reducing free radicals and inflammation. As a regular part of your routine, exercise could be good for your skin and could lower your chance of inflammatory diseases. The endorphin painkillers that ease all your aches and pains also give your emotions a boost and give you a natural high so you feel happier and more optimistic. This makes gentle exercising a great way to counter depression and make new friends, without having to rely on alcohol or other potentially harmful substances to help you through stressful times. 4. Poor cardiac function if you have heart disease you may find that a gentle exercise program under the supervision of your doctor could ease your symptoms and give you a better quality of life. Patients with severe pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure who were taking medication were also given a specially devised exercise program to complete. Exercise improved their peak oxygen consumption as well as enabling them to walk further, leading researchers to recommend the use of respiratory and physical training as a useful addition to medical treatment. Exercise if you’re in a wheelchair what if you’re in a wheelchair? Aerobics, walking and other forms of sport can be challenging or impossible if you are confined to a wheelchair. How do you get your heart pumping and your circulation moving if you are confined to a chair all day? Lots of exercise routines can be adapted for use by disabled people and there are activities you can do to give yourself a work out. They are: wheelchair sports – wheelchair basketball, netball and other ball games give your heart something extra to do and can improve your cardiovascular health. Wheelchair sprinting – you may be able to do this at your studio. Gym exercises – some gyms have adapted equipment designed for use by wheelchair users. You can use these to strength your upper limbs. As well as providing you with exercise, they help avoid repetitive strain injuries that are common in wheelchair users. (you have to rely on your upper body more, get in and out of the wheelchair and self-propel it, putting you at risk of over-use injuries). Gym exercises may prevent this from happening. Swimming – this is a pain relieving way of exercising and isn’t only useful to wheelchair users but can benefit arthritis sufferers too. Get a personal trainer! If you are disabled and are interested in getting fit with some guidance from the professionals, then contact us. We specialize in fitness training for the disabled and those with illnesses on a one to one basis or you can come to one of our miracles fitness gyms and begin your journey to a healthier you.

Miracles Fitness

257 Sagamore Parkway West,

West Lafayette, IN 47906

Phone. 765-463-3007