Disabled & Still Exercising

by Roxana Scott

in Fitness

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When seeing a person that suffers from a form of disability we usually think of the many things that person deprived from. One of the things thought restricted to disabled persons is fitness. Happily that is not true.

Being given a special attention in the last 15 years, fitness programs have been developed and improved for those who suffer from one or more disabilities. It was also shown that disabled persons who follow a workout program have a generally improved quality of life.

One of the most common impediments in starting a fitness program is the lack of stamina. This can be overcome in time. But in case this is a bigger impediment than you thought, you may resort to supplements that will give you an energy boost such as natural testosterone supplements. Can these really help? Well, it depends on body type, workout routine and medical prescriptions.

These days many gyms are prepared to help people who suffer from such disabilities due to the increasing number of applicants coming from this group. You may not be able to do all the exercises available there but enough types to use that will help you develop and maintain a healthy body.

Swimming is also another activity that is available to some people that suffer from disability though this is tougher than other sporting activities. When engaging in swimming you must be careful and keep in mind several factors. First of all you must take a close look at the place you are planning on doing this. It must be properly equipped and has to offer support to those who need help when getting in and out of the swimming pool. Also make sure that the temperature of the water is not too cold because this might lead to muscle spasms and can end up pretty badly. Swimming can prevent or help cure many of the commonly-known health issues. Also it is one of the few sports in which you will have to use all your muscles leading to a well built body.

One important thing that must be kept in mind is that the prosthetic body parts are developed and improved continuously. This gives a change for many people to lead an almost normal life and even indulge in sports such as running or swimming. One perfect example in this case is Oscar Pistorius. He is a Paraplegic Olympics multiple-champion and a world record holder in amputee racing. He has revolutionized the way many people see such events.

Even without prosthetic enhancements you can excel in a sport. Physical disabilities do not automatically stop you from reaching such a goal. Another example in this matter is Kyle Maynard. He is one of the most renowned athletes with a disability. During college, he achieved the title “GNC’s World’s Strongest Teen” by bench pressing 23 repetitions of 240 pounds. He is also well looked upon in wrestling. Currently, Kyle is a world renowned instructor and a motivational speaker for disabled people.

Today, many other sports and fitness gyms are available for people with any kind of disability. All you need is to keep in mind that no goal may be as far as it seems.

Learn the information on specific needs of people with a certain disease, condition, or stage of life as well as the special fitness and nutritional needs of various populations with Exercise for Special Populations by Peggie Williamson.

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