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Accessible Exercise

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Physical fitness is something that’s very important to all people. But for people with disabilities, this can be particularly challenging. Part of the problem is that people with disabilities, on average, tend to lead more sedentary lives because of their disabilities. However, there are still many activities that can be done. Here are some good accessible exercise ideas:

  • Join a gym: As cliche as this sounds, the gym can be one of the best places to get fit. If you have a group of people to help you, and a trainer who is willing to learn about your disability and create an exercise plan made to fit your goals and potential, it can be a very rewarding place. With the camaraderie of like-minded people all striving for the same goal, the gym can be a great place to get slim, trim, and in shape.
  • Adaptive sports: There are many sports for people with disabilities. From tandem biking to beep baseball to power hockey, the options are almost limitless. Many local organizations, such as We Love To Play, host adaptive sports teams and clubs, so it may be worth checking out some in your area if this is something you are interested in. If you are a high school student in Minnesota, you can participate in adaptive sports through the Minnesota State High School League.
  • Online fitness: Although the term may seem contradictory, many fitness activities are designed to be done at home. These are usually online trainings and other such methods, where one must listen to audio, watch a video, or be coached over Skype or another telecommunications platform. Often, you can find one that will accommodate your disability.
  • Gym equipment at home: Gym equipment is available for purchase from standard retailers, and is usually easy to make accessible. If you are blind, Braille labels may be used to make the equipment accessible. Often times, funding can be found to purchase the equipment from organizations that help people with disabilities.

In short, it is quite possible to stay in shape, with or without a disability. So what are you waiting for? Get moving!

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