"The groundwork of all happiness is health." - Leigh Hunt

Taking adaptive sports

Health guidelines recommend that adults get not less than 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week, or not less than 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. It doesn't matter what activities you select so long as they motivate you.

But what if an injury, illness, health condition, disability, and even just plain aging makes it difficult so that you can stay energetic? In these cases, adaptive games can lend a much-needed helping hand.

What are adaptive games?

Adapted sports are competitive or recreational sports or activities for individuals with disabilities or physical limitations. They often run parallel to traditional efforts, but are modified to support people's specific physical abilities.

Why is it essential to be energetic?

Not exercising usually enough increases the danger of heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes and cancer. It also affects mood. And individuals with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to the challenges of staying energetic, says Dr. Blewett. “Adaptive sports are a way for us to continue exercising regularly and advance our health and fitness.”

Research backs this up. According to a study, people participating in adaptive sports and activities report Better overall health, quality of life, and social life.

How are you able to study adaptive activity options near you?

You can find state and native sports programs and accessible activities through their web sites. National Center for Health, Physical Activity and Disability. And Challenged Athletes Foundation. “These programs can also help you find the mentors, coaches, and support systems you need to succeed,” says Dr. Blewett.

The form of sport or activity you select is dependent upon your interests and performance level, but there are various options available.

Build on strengths and consider recent activities.

Dr. Blewett shares other strategies that may assist you to transition into adaptive activities.

View your current workout form. “Almost any sport or activity can be adjusted to accommodate people with disabilities, so there's a good chance you can continue to do what you love,” says Dr. Blewett.

For example, as a part of her ongoing therapy, former Arizona representative Gabby Giffords, an avid cyclist who lives with a traumatic brain injury after an assassination attempt, now has paralysis on her right side and balance problems. is riding a motorcycle that's stopped because of (A recumbent bike is a three-wheeled bicycle that places the rider in a seated or reclining position.)

Other sports and activities might be modified in the identical way. For example, certain golf carts can assist you to get up and stabilize your body while swinging the club. Sledge hockey uses sledges to skate across the ice.

Focus in your strengths. Don't deal with what you'll be able to't do, deal with what you'll be able to do. Walking is not any longer an option? How about power walking using walking poles for support? Can't use your legs? Focus on upper body activities like swimming or kayaking. Low vision? Guides can be found to assist you to walk, run and cycle.

Join a team. Many adaptive sports have organized team leagues with adjusted rules and formats, akin to wheelchair basketball and tennis, and “beep” baseball and kickball for the visually impaired. “It's a great way to raise awareness of your new endeavor and build a community with other peers with similar disabilities,” says Dr. Blewett. “Plus, a little competition provides extra motivation.”

Try something recent. Use your recent energetic status as a chance to try a distinct sport or activity. “Test the waters and try something you've always been interested in,” says Dr. Blewett. “Now may be a great time to go water skiing, windsurfing, horseback riding, or rock wall climbing.”

Adapting to adaptive sports and activities might be mentally and emotionally difficult, as it may well feel like your disability is exacerbated. But don't let that discourage you, says Dr. Blewett. “Committing to being active and investing in your health can help reduce and eliminate any negative stigma you may feel. Participating in adaptive sports is not less of a way of life, but There is a way to live a better life.”