It’s important to maintain your fitness as much as possible – you can start slowly and build up over time. For people living with a disability, there are ways and means of getting your fitness levels up to speed.
Benefits of exercise for people with a disability
- Improving stamina and muscle strength – this may really help with some forms of disability
- Exercise can help ease anxiety and depression, and additionally lift your mood
- Exercising in a group is a great way to try something different, meet new people and become part of the community
- You will gain the ability to maintain a higher level of independence, sense of freedom and quality of life
- Exercise can control joint swelling, and help alleviate pain in the process
- Exercise combined with stress management, good nutrition and social support are critical components of a good health plan if you have a disability.
Back to basics
For starters, it’s important that you let your doctor, physiotherapist or health care provider, as well as your support team, know that you have plans to start a regular exercise pattern. Most likely, they will be very supportive of your efforts. At SESA Fitness we will talk to you about finding ways to exercise which will suit your individual needs and disability. You can also talk to your family and friends so that they can cheer you on as you get active. Why don’t encourage them to even join you!To help you achieve your exercise goals, you may also be eligible for funding such as through to NDIS. Talk to your service provider. You can also contact SESA Fitness to discuss this option for you and what you may be eligible for. As soon as you get started, you will start to feel the benefits of a good exercise – and any type of exercise can help, physically, mentally and even emotionally.