Whether you have a mobility, hearing or visually impairment, you need to get regular physical activity.
Leading an active lifestyle strengthens your heart, builds strong muscles and bones, improves coördination, relieves stress, improves your mood, reduces fatigue, and raises your self-esteem.
How To Begin
Aim for 20-30 minutes daily of moderate aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, water exercise, dancing, stationary bike, raking leaves, seated rowing machine, or chair aerobics.
Do strengthening activities 2 days per week, such as lifting and pulling weights, elastic bands, or bodyweight exercises such as push-ups, squats, or wall push-aways.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Get guidance from your doctor.
- Don’t be in a hurry. Getting stronger and more flexible takes time.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Do exercises according to your ability and what you enjoy.
- Join a support organization according to your disability.
- Don’t give up.
Exercise Support Organizations For Disabled Persons
- Disabled Athletes Sports Association
- Northeast Disabled Athletic Association
- Baylor College of Medicine Directory of Sports Organizations For Athletes with Disabilities
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