Exercise plays a vital role in a person’s well-being. Health experts have emphasized the importance of exercise for years. Regardless of age, body type or diet one takes, exercise is a must for everyone to create a balance of nutrients we take and for better mental health.
It should also be noted that the needs of young disabled people should be taken into account. The UK has released its first physical activity guidelines which have made some effective recommendations for young people with disabilities. Standard data were collected from 176 different studies involving a wide range of physical activities, these recommendations are made for disabled young people between the ages of 2 and 17.
Here are some of the findings reported in the UK’s first physical activity guidelines:
The guidelines are designed with people of different age groups, gender and disabilities in mind. To stay safe and healthy, young disabled people should aim for 120 to 180 minutes of physical activity per week. For convenience, you can divide the session into 20 minutes a day or 40 minutes 3 times a week. Aerobic exercises such as dance, cycling, gymnastics or wheelchair sports are best suited for young disabled people. These exercises can improve cardiovascular health and reduce mental stress so that one feels calmer. It also helps build strength and increase focus.
When 250 different young people with disabilities were considered for the study, it was concluded that they prefer physical activities that are fun and help them build strength. The study also found that physical activities are safe for disabled young people when done at an appropriate level for their age and physical and mental functioning.
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