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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.
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 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 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