Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
We all know that regular physical activity is an essential part of overall health. But getting exercise isn’t always as simple as stepping out the door for a morning jog or hitting the gym for a quick upper body weight training session.
Schedule, location, physical disability, and a variety of other factors can all make getting exercise a challenge. Adults with physical disability certainly aren’t alone in facing barriers to exercise!
An infographic by British Journal of Sports Medicine aims to help adults with disability get more physical activity through the following tips. Let’s take a closer look…
Getting the Right Amount of Exercise
BJSM advises adults do strength and balance activities at least two days per week. For substantial health gains, aim for at least two-and-a-half hours of moderate intensity activity per week.
- “Moderate intensity activity” – can talk, but not sing
- “Vigorous intensity activity” – difficulty talking without pausing
Tips for Disabled Adults
- Physical activity makes you feel good! So, try activities you enjoy.
- Don’t be still for too long. Even a little movement is better than nothing!
Did you know that exercise affects your mood in a variety of positive ways? Exercise helps us manage stress, fight depression, and learn new things.
Benefits of Exercise for Adults With Disability
- Exercise creates opportunities to meet new people and feel part of the community.
- Exercise makes daily tasks easier and increases independence. When you can achieve a half-hour of cardio… what can you take on next?! Success builds upon success.
- Exercise makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise improves mental health and quality of life.
- Exercise helps to prevent chronic disease.
- Exercise improves fitness and strengthens bones and muscles, of course!
- Mobility and balance issues may be improved through exercise.
Want to learn more? Read my post, “What Happens to Your Brain When You Exercise?”
Schedule With Dr. Rosemary Buckle, Sports Medicine Specialist
For other Houston sports medicine needs, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosemary Buckle at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.