We all know the benefits of regular exercise – a stronger and healthier body, improved mood, disease prevention – to name a few. Exercise and recreation is for everyone, so how do we support people, regardless of the way we see their bodies move, or not move?
Exercise is a way of keeping ourselves healthy, what people tend to overlook, is that it can be as much for our brains as for our bodies. Something as simple as playing card games, board games or guessing games can do wonders for people who may not be able to move their bodies as much as they would like to. Being mentally challenged by exercise can be as important as your body being physically stimulated by it.
For those people with disabilities that are primarily intellectual, they will be better able to participate in types of exercise that do involve the body. There are all sorts of sports and recreational activities that can be participated in, as well as a variety of levels. Community groups for the disabled offer dancing, take members to pools, bowling alleys, ice rinks and so much more. Organizations such as the Special Olympics provide training and coaching in a range of activities that offer people with disabilities opportunities to perform at a very high level.
Exercise is a way to keep ourselves healthy, both mentally and physically, and we must find ways to provide these opportunities for all members of society.
By Joanna Redfern, Volunteer Blogger
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Semiahmoo House Society, a non-profit organization located in Surrey/White Rock, exists to provide quality services and supports to people with disabilities and their families in the community.
The Semiahmoo Foundation, located in Surrey/White Rock, exists to fund, support and enhance the programs and services delivered by Semiahmoo House Society.