Sunday, August 18, 2013

Benefits of health and fitness for the disabled

Hey Team,

Doing some reading today and gathering some research and other articles that focus on positive outcomes following activity or exercise performance.

It is common knowledge that there is a benefit to regular exercise for everyone, which is why any morning of the week you will see people running, riding bikes, or walking.

The benefits of a consistent exercise program are countless, but overall help to improve mind, body, and soul.

Following a disability there is an even greater reason to exercise, yes it is still important for mind, body, and soul, but there is plenty of consistent research that is proving that regular exercise can also improve function.


  • Activity based rehab- is a term that has become popular in the spinal cord injury, and while more research is needed to prove its effectiveness for all spinal cord injuries, there is some research that finds benefit for some.












I recently did a post on The first fully functional quadriplegic- check it out here---> http://fitdp23-nevergiveup.blogspot.com/2013/08/relentless-training-first-fully.html

and

Take a look at this research article on Activity based therapies-
http://www.bu.edu/drrk/research-syntheses/spinal-cord-injuries/activity-based-interventions/-


  • Walking program-I have stressed walking to many of my clients who are recovering from a stroke. There are countless studies on the benefits of a regular walking program for strength, muscle and cardiovascular endurance, as well as improving movement patterns, balance, and control.
Here are two articles that prove the benefits of walking for those recovering from a stroke and for seniors to improve or maintain strength and independence.


http://patients.aan.com/resources/neurologynow/?event=home.showArticle&id=ovid.com:/bib/ovftdb/01222928-201006030-00010- Walking for Stroke

and

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2661455/- Walking for older people



  • Group Fitness for kids with disabilities-Regular consistent exercise is just as important for children and may even be more beneficial

http://ptjournal.apta.org/content/85/11/1182.long- Research article on fitness program for kids with disabilities









As more research is conducted and gathered, the same result will be proven over and over again for anyone with or without a disability....Consistent exercise will improve and benefit your Mind, Body, Soul, and Function.

So keep fighting and Never give up!

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-Devon