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Physical exercise is important for people from all walks of life. Whether you are disabled or not, the benefits partaking in physical exercise can make to your body are pronounced. As well as benefiting personal fitness, it can also lead to a marked improvement in your motor skills, increased self-confidence and can even lead to new discoveries in life. Unfortunately, people who are disabled are less likely to partake in regular physical activity, yet there is still the essential need to prevent weight gain and ward off other health problems.

The physical benefits of activity

Physical activity has a range of bodily benefits for people with disabilities, just as it does for people who do not have disabilities. For one, it can help to lessen blood pressure and problems with hypertension, an important exploit for maintaining good health. Secondly, it can help to improve muscle strength and stamina, which is especially important for people with chronic, disabling conditions. What's more, partaking in physical exercise can help keep swelling of joints and associated pain under control.

The mental benefits of physical activity

Physical exercise also has a great variety of benefits for the mind of a disabled individual. By partaking in regular spells of exercise, symptoms of depression or anxiety can be markedly lessened, which brings about an adverse positive effect in mood and general wellbeing. In addition to this, if you partake in exercise with other people, this can help to increase your self-confidence and can also help you to make new friends in life. One of the major advantages of team-based physical activity, for disabled and non-disabled people alike, is that it can open up new doors and build a sense of togetherness among people.

First things first

Before you begin to enjoy the benefits of physical exercise, it is important that you discover what exercise or sport is suitable for you and your specific condition. There will be certain activities that are ideal, for example, while others may not be possible. There are many community projects now available, as awareness of the importance of disabled exercise participation becomes apparent, and there is sure to be some programmes available in your region. Swimming is one of the most popular sports for disabled people, as it can serve the needs of so many different disabilities. Check with your local swimming centre to see what services they offer for people with disabilities.