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Ways To Keep Your Workout Fun When You Have A Disability

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Daily exercise is great for both the mind and body, but if you stick to the same routine every time, it can become boring, which may make you want to give it up. If you have a disability, your routine may be more limited, which can make it trickier to find new, safe ways of working out.

Fortunately, there are several ways you can get in a workout and make it fun; all it takes is a bit of planning and some creativity. Consult your doctor before beginning any new regimen to make sure it’s for you, then use these tips to start a routine that will keep your energy level up and help you feel better all the way around.

Get a friend involved

Workouts are much more fun when you’re not alone, so ask a friend (or a few friends) to start a little exercise group that meets a couple of times a week. You could go to a local park to walk the trails or check out the local YMCA to see what activities they offer. On the days the group doesn’t meet, you’ll have a support system to call upon should you start to feel unmotivated.

Swim

Swimming is a great exercise for most people with a disability, because it allows you to have a full range of motion. It’s also a relaxing pastime that can help you overcome stress and anxiety, and it’s something you can do in a group or alone, in the winter (if you have access to an indoor pool) or in the summer.

Yoga

Yoga is a wonderful way to get in a workout that, like swimming, helps with stress and anxiety. There are different difficulty levels, meaning just about anyone can do it, and it helps strengthen your entire body. It’s also a great way to practice meditation and mindful thinking, which focuses on the present rather than worrying about the past or future.

Strength training

Strength training uses weights to work various muscle groups and can be done at a gym or in the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to use expensive weights, either; you can simply use what you have on hand, such as soup cans. Start small and build your way up.

Get involved in a sport

If you’ve always wanted to play a sport, you may be able to try it out no matter what your disability may be. Talk to your doctor about finding a way to play basketball or tennis, or consider finding a sport rooted in the outdoors, such as canoeing.

Adopt a dog

If you’ve always wanted a pet, consider adopting a service dog. They can be great motivators when it’s time to exercise, and can make the process more fun, especially if you have a local dog park near where you live.

The same old workouts can get boring regardless of whether or not you have a disability. The key is to change things up so that you remain invested in taking care of yourself. If you lose interest in how you’re getting, or staying, fit, chances are your fitness will wane as your workouts fall by the wayside.

Written By: Travis White

Colorado: The Ideal Place For The Senior Adventurer

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In 2015, a record 77.7 million people visited Colorado. Considering its stunning natural beauty and the activities on offer, this will come as no surprise. Visitors and locals are drawn by the chance to explore and let off steam in the great outdoors – and they really are spoilt for choice. Yet, Colorado is not restricted to the young. There is an abundance of sports and activities available to suit all ages and interests, so you certainly won’t be stuck for things to do.

Preparing for your trip

Depending on your current fitness levels and aspirations for exploring the outdoors, it might be worth considering getting into shape by lifting weights, doing cardio or swimming in preparation for your trip; this will boost your strength, stamina and overall confidence and ensure you make the most of your time in Colorado.

Sports and adventure for the young at heart

Colorado is well known for its fantastic snow peaks in the winter months, with skiers and snowboarders taking to the slopes in their thousands. There are countless other outdoor ventures to be enjoyed away from the snow too though, and here are just a few:

Let yourself loose in Avon

Dubbed “The Heart of the Valley”, Avon is home to 6,500 all-year residents and 3,500 visitors. It is a particularly popular choice for senior citizens due to its friendly community and the range of activities on offer. Water lovers can paddle on The Eagle Valley River, while for hikers and bikers there are several trails with beautiful surroundings and various wildlife on show.

Go for a hike in Crested Butte

Referred to as the wildflower capital of Colorado due to the jaw-dropping array of wildflowers that emerge in the summer, Crested Butte offers arguably the most breathtaking plant life in the state. The different trails available cater for all levels of experience and fitness, making Crested Butte a great choice that can be enjoyed by individuals and mixed ability groups alike.

Take to the air in Steamboat Springs

Set in the north of Colorado in Tampa Valley, Steamboat Springs is a popular destination for snow lovers and nature enthusiasts, with fabulous ski slopes, waterfalls and trails. The views are simply spell-binding, and what better way to take them all in than from way up high in a hot air balloon? Exhilarating and idyllic, the experience is guaranteed to take your breath away.

Go rafting on the Arkansas River:

With its sharp descents and fast-flowing rapids, this is not for the faint-hearted or inexperienced swimmers. But for the ultimate thrill seeker and the physically strong, this is definitely not to be missed.

 

Whatever time of year you decide to go to Colorado, you’re sure to have the adventure of a lifetime!

Written By; Jocelyn Brown