Staying Active While Living With a Disability

These days staying active is a priority, for both persons living with a disability and those without. Getting the exercise you need can help you make your bones, heart, and muscles stronger, improve your coordination, and make you feel good about yourself. For those with disabilities, there is a range of adaptive recreation and sports programmes that can be enjoyed for competition, leisure, health, and social benefits. 

Cycling

The most customary way for individuals with disabilities to take part in Cycling events is thanks to modified bikes. Tricycles are able to provide the best stability, and these can be modified with special seats and handlebars. If pedalling a bicycle or staying upright is too difficult, Hand Cycling allows you to pedal with your arms in a reclined, or seated, position. Tandem Cycling is a great way for individuals with hearing or visual impairments to enjoy the sport, and cycles can even be modified to allow another athlete to push the cycle, if needed.

A great way to stay motivated with all the hard work of Cycling in this manner would be to reward yourself with a pokies online playing session, for example. For every mile or kilometer you manage to finish, you could allow yourself the reward of some great games, and put a little extra money in the bank!

Golf

Adaptive Golf can be performed by players standing or sitting down. Adaptive carts can assist with stabilising the body while the club is being swung, and Golf Clinics are able to teach individuals with disabilities about adaptive equipment, and reveal how to play the game with challenges including the loss of limbs, paralysis, sight, hearing, and intellectual, mental, and emotional impairments.

Riding Horseback

Equine-assisted therapy, therapeutic horsemanship, therapeutic horseback riding, and hippotherapy are all terms which refer to horses in people’s lives being used to improve the latter’s emotional, sensory, cognitive, social, and physical well-being. Many of these types of programmes are led by certified therapists and instructors.

Snow Skiing

People can snow Ski sitting down or standing up, and adaptive equipment means that people with a range of different disabilities can enjoy this sport. Those with less coordination, stability, and strength can Ski whilst seated in a bucket seat on 1 or 2, Skis. Handheld outriggers are used for steering and stability, with outriggers being mini Skis on the end of poles that can also be used by those standing up and Skiing. Tandem Skis and tethers allow you to Ski without the help of another person steering. Training guide Skis with visually impaired Skiers are possible too, with the former calling instructions out from in front, behind, or beside the Skier.

Swimming

Adaptive Swimming includes all distances and swim strokes, and individuals with a range of disabilities can take part. Whether you are dealing with cognitive or physical disabilities, are hard of hearing, deaf, or blind, you’ll be able to enjoy some kind of swimming activity if you want to.