As we enter a fitness-focused world, more of the benefits of exercise are coming to light. One area of fitness that is massively important is fitness for disabled people, as disabled people are overall less active, even though the risk of health problems from inactivity are the same as those without disabilities.
Down to the huge importance of promoting fitness for disabled people, we have outlined 4 of the biggest benefits that exercise has on the lives of disabled people.
It is well-known that exercise can bring huge health benefits such as decreasing the likelihood of getting Diabetes or becoming Obese. Down to physically disabled people being naturally less active, the chance of developing problems such as these are higher than other demographics, which is why it is vital for disabled people to make sure they are active as much as they can.
Although this may seem tough, even moderate rates of exercise can help massively in preventing common health problems.
Research has shown that exercise can have a huge impact on the way that people are able to carry out daily tasks, especially for those with certain physical disabilities. The research showed that cognitive-based exercises such as dance increases Older Adults’ ability to carry out daily tasks that become harder at a later age.
With some physical disabilities being relatable to those that develop with older age, this is massively beneficial, as it shows that cognitive-based exercise can assist with making it easier for disabled people to carry out daily tasks; overall making daily life easier and more manageable.
When it comes to fitness, it is well known that it not only has the potential to improve physical health but also mental health, with exercise releasing endorphins that make us feel good. Beyond this, it also has the potential to boost things such as peoples’ general mood and self-confidence.
This is a massively positive sign for those with physical disabilities, as it is known that they can face problems with self-confidence, which is why exercise is monumental for helping those with disabilities as it allows them to boost self-esteem and self-confidence, which they can then take into other areas of life.
Socialising & Community
Not only does exercise bring huge physical benefits and boost peoples’ confidence, but it also gives people the chance to get introduced to like-minded people, with group exercise classes and online groups making it possible to do so.
As fitness grows, and more niche areas of fitness arise, the possibilities for disabled people to socialise with fitness are growing, as there are now sessions, events and classes that are tailored to disabled people; allowing them to meet new people, have fun, keep fit, and grow their passion for fitness.
Overall, the benefits that exercise can have on disabled people are huge and are constantly growing as new research comes to light. With the benefits of exercise being so huge for those with physical disabilities, it is vital that we promote fitness for disabled people as much as we can. With the level of inactivity among disabled people trumping that of those without a disability, it is essential that we promote fitness to help combat the common health problems that face the disabled demographic.