You Can Be #Fit4Function as You Age with a Disability

We’ve said it over and over: Thanks to advances in treatment and technology, people with disabilities are living longer. As a result, more people with disabilities are moving into “senior-hood” and may be experiencing age-related conditions, such as arthritis or vision loss, as well as secondary conditions specific to their disabilities.We are joining the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life program in encouraging people aging with and into disability to get active. By incorporating exercise and physical activity into your daily routine, you may be able to stay healthy and #Fit4Function as you age.

You may be wondering if it’s safe to exercise with a disability. The answer is YES! With the right information, training, or equipment,  you can safely incorporate exercise into your life. According to the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Healthy  Aging with Physical Disabilities, it can be done safely and, generally, does not make symptoms of long-term disabilities (such as spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis) any worse. Here are some resources from the NIDILRR community to help you add more physical activity to your day:

We also highly recommend the following resources to help you find the right activity to stay #Fit4Function:

  • The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD) is a go-to resource for sports, fitness, and recreation. Browse through their database of activities, read the articles, and check out their two current campaigns: How I Walk, the Campaign to Rebrand Walking, and DocTalk, Pledge to Talk to Your Doctor About Physical Activity.
    • Bonus: Physicians can access NCHPAD’s Physicians Toolkit to connect patients with resources and opportunities to be physically active.
  • Check out the Inclusive Fitness Coalition and learn how to become a certified inclusive fitness instructor.
  • Join organizations and agencies to Commit to Inclusion in physical activity, wellness, and sport.

These are just a few examples of the great resources out there to help you get fit and stay healthy.

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