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Benefits of Exercise in People with Disabilities

The multiple benefits of exercise on physical and mental health are well known.

But what about the benefits of exercise in people with disabilities? Turns out, they are no different!

Here are just some of the life-improving side effects of exercise:

  • Improves muscle strength and length

  • Improves bone strength

  • Improves cardiovascular fitness

  • Improves balance & mobility

  • Improves mental health

  • Improves quality of sleep

  • Helps to maintain a healthy weight

  • Helps prevent and manage chronic health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes

  • Manages and improves cholesterol, blood sugar levels and blood pressure

  • Increases independence and quality of life

  • Creates opportunities to meet new people, make new friends and feel connected as part of a community

That sounds pretty good doesn’t it?

So how much do you need to do to get these benefits?

Current Australian guidelines recommend:

  • 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise per week. This can be any sort of cardio you enjoy – brisk walking, fast wheeling in your wheelchair, swimming, stationary bike, dancing, upper body ergo, wheelchair sports…the list is endless!

  • 1.25 hours of vigorous exercise per week

  • Strength/resistance training 2 days per week

How can you achieve these exercise recommendations?

There are many ways to get more movement (and less sedentary behaviour) in to your every day life. Enlist a friend to join you on your walk or wheelchair ride, sign up for a class every week that you don't want to miss, or simply find ways to move your body more during work, study and leisure time. Remember, any movement is better than none.

What should you do next?

Come and see us at Heroes! We have a dedicated team that includes Personal Trainers, Physiotherapists and Clinical Pilates Instructors, as well as a gym space tailored to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

We look forward to supporting you on your health and exercise journey!

References:

https://www1.health.gov.au

www.cdc.gov/disabilities/PA

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