Rethinking ‘Exercises for Disabled Adults’: People-Centred Fitness for Persons at All Levels of Ability
Doctors and other health professionals often recommend that those who have a disability try to find ways to incorporate more physical activity into their routine. While it is true that a fitness regimen is often the best way to regain or maintain one’s level of function or mobility, this can be difficult for many people affected by injuries or disabilities. This is not made any easier by the unfortunate stigma that exists when it comes to exercises for ‘disabled persons.’
At Active Ability, we don’t believe you are defined by a condition or any form of limitation. We view our clients as people first and tailor our fitness programs to meet your personal needs and preferences. Read on to learn more about how we do much more than simply provide exercises for ‘handicapped persons’ or fitness for ‘disabled’ adults.
Why We Don’t Consider Our Clients ‘Handicapped Persons’
Research shows that just under 1 in 5 Australian adults have a disability, with the chances of someone developing a disabling condition increasing steadily with age. Worldwide, it is estimated that some 650 million people are similarly ‘disabled.’ With this information in mind, it is remarkable that more care and consideration is not shown to those who are dealing with issues ranging from mobility-impeding injuries to the effects of a wide range of chronic conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis. While there is much interest in how providing exercises for ‘handicapped persons’ can improve quality of life, we feel that this is the wrong approach. Instead, at Active Ability, we look at the whole person, not merely a disability or a condition.
When it comes to improving health outcomes, there’s simply no one-size-fits-all approach to fitness for disabled adults, because this ignores the most important aspect of all: the individual. Our trained exercise physiologists and other healthcare professionals treat each client with the dignity and respect they deserve. We create a supportive environment where you can work toward manageable goals, such as improving your physical fitness or working on a balanced diet. Above all, we listen to your concerns and what you want to achieve.
We Don’t Do Exercise for ‘The Disabled’: Our People-Focused Approach
To break the mindset of offering exercises for ‘disabled’ adults, Active Ability focuses on you and your lifestyle. By coming to visit you in your home, we can work with you to develop realistic and manageable habits that can help you improve your quality of life. Our physiotherapists, dietitians, and other health professionals can visit you wherever you are in the Sydney or Wollongong area, and offer evidence-based practice suggestions for everything from improving mobility to managing pain levels through fitness and nutrition. In this sense, we don’t provide exercises for the disabled-- our approach is far more holistic and personal.
At Active Ability, there are no exercises for disabled persons, only physical activity and nutrition programmes customised to fit each person’s unique range of abilities and strengths. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve and get more out of life.