There are approximately 61 million people living with a disability in the U.S., reports the (CDC). According to the CDC, adults living with a disability are more likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. These are just some of the reasons it’s so important that no one be left behind when it comes to enjoying the benefits of working out.
Regular physical fitness can reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, and minimize the risk of diabetes. In fact, adding 2.5 hours a week of moderate level physical activity can help you build stronger bones and manage your weight. Alexander Sherman, PT, owner of Riverdale Sports Physical Therapy in Bronx, NY, has been a physical therapist for 21 years. According to him …
Want to try Pilates, yoga, or even Crossfit? Most fitness facilities have private sessions to ease you into a new workout regime. Ben Magnone, owner of in Glendale, CA, has created an onboarding program for all new clients in which they take a fundamental course over four private sessions. Says Mangnone, “Everyone can do the workout, we just find a scale that works for each client.”
Be upfront with them regarding your limitations or doctors’ recommendations. During your sessions, make sure to tell your trainer if you feel any pain. Most certified fitness professionals know how to make modifications to specific movements to keep clients from experiencing any discomfort.
Pilates instructor Melissa Lee, owner of in Santa Clarita, CA, advises clients to go at their own pace. “You might feel like you should be in a group class or need to keep up with people in your class, but you may not be ready yet,” she says.
Remember, the first step is usually the hardest. Find a trained professional to help you reach your goals. Just be sure to always check with your medical support team prior to jumping into a new fitness program.