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Physical Activity for People with Disability

A disability may make it harder to stay active, but there are still many ways to be physically active. There are also many reasons why being physically active is important if you have a disability.

Physical activity helps with flexibility, mobility, and coordination. Getting regular physical activity can also help you stay independent by preventing health problems, such as heart disease, that can make it harder for you to take care of yourself.

Benefits of physical activity for a person with disabilities includes:

  • Helping lower the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes
  • Helping improve your endurance and muscle strength, including toning muscles you may use less often because of your disability
  • Reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Reducing the joint swelling and pain of arthritis

A person with disabilities should try to get the same amount of physical activity as all adults. That means getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity and two or more days each week of muscle-strengthening activities. Get more information and see a list of exercises to try based on your abilities: Disability/Condition : Articles : NCHPAD – Building Healthy Inclusive Communities Before you start, talk to your doctor, physical therapist, or exercise specialist about how you can modify physical activity to accommodate your disability.