Activities for People with Disabilities
According to the CDC, more than 21 million American adults have a disability that can make day-to-day activities difficult. So, if you’re looking for activities for people with disabilities, you’re certainly not alone! It’s worth noting that staying physically active has a major impact on physical and mental health regardless of your ability level, and can often improve the symptoms like chronic pain, mobility issues, and more than often accompany being a wheelchair user. Below are a few tips for finding the activities that you enjoy most and can become a part of your daily lifestyle.
- Find the facilities, programs, places, and spaces where you can be physically active. Many local recreation centers will have wheelchair sports teams and group exercise classes available. Don’t be afraid to try something new either! There are many resources to be found online for active clubs that are wheelchair friendly for everything from LARPing (live-action role play), to repelling, horseback riding, and more.
- Get social. Speaking of those sports teams, finding group activities to participate in not only accomplishes the goal of getting moving but also helps to build a community. Having a workout buddy with similar abilities can help to build comradery and keep you accountable in being consistent with your workout or activity goals.
- Start slow. Consistency is key! It’s important to start somewhere, even if it just means getting your heart rate up for a few minutes a day, rather than not starting at all or giving up because your new routine isn’t in line with your fitness level. Choose something you enjoy and increase the time or intensity as your stamina and strength improve.
- Include aerobic activities. Aerobic activity, also known as cardio, is anything that gets your heart pumping while being low impact. Examples of aerobic activity that can be performed from your wheelchair or with limited mobility include:
-Cross-country and downhill skiing
-Wheeling yourself in your wheelchair
-Wheelchair basketball, tennis, softball, and much more!
Activities for People with Disabilities Are Important to have
When it comes to staying active and enjoying exercise, Redman Power Chair goes above and beyond to make sure your options are limitless. For example, a Redman chair includes every position from lying down, to sitting, to standing, and even a “yoga position” that allows users to bend backward for a nice stretch and increased mobility. Imagine the activities possible with your own personalized, high-quality motorized wheelchair! Continue exploring our website to learn more about how Redman is dedicated to innovative mobility.