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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