Just a short sprint away is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month 2012. Throughout the month of May, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, urges everyone to get outside, go for a walk, exercise and stay active! This is a time is a time to celebrate active living and healthy lifestyles. Did you know children and teens need 60 minutes of activity a day for their health? That’s right, at least 60 minutes a day. With a busy schedule it can be hard to find time to fit fitness in. Furthermore, if you have children with disabilities it may be difficult to find disability friendly ways and activities to keep them active as well. While recess may provide a short amount of time for your kids to be active during the day, there are numerous things you can do after the school bell rings to ensure they’re getting the full 60 minutes, or more, of physical activity needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle!
Here are some disability friendly ways to stay active:
1. Talk a walk – this is probably the easiest thing you can do! After dinner, around the park, with the dog – the possibilities are endless. Take time to explore your neighborhood and surrounding areas, catch up on your busy day and get some exercise!
2. Head to an inclusive playground – do a little research and find a park or playground with you that is built for everyone! Somewhere with wheelchair ramps, safe swings, soft play areas, etc. If there isn’t one near you, contact your local city council, representatives, etc. and make a change.
3. Find an Adaptive Sport – many states offer adaptive sports teams for sports including basketball and floor hockey. These teams play under different rules and regulations and offer a fun environment while still getting exercise.
4. Seek out an awesome exercise facility – Many community-based fitness centers and programs, inclduing the YMCA, are aware of and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and offer features and equipment accessible to the disabled.
5. Plant a garden – with spring upon us what better way to celebrate than planting your own beautiful garden? From flowers to food there are no limits to what you can grow. Get our your shovel and watering can, find a plot of land in your yard, and get the whole family involved.
These are just a few ways to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month 2012 this May. For more tips on staying active with a disability check out this information sheet.
You have no excuse for not finding time to stay active and fit and now you have tools and tips on how to do so! Now get out there and play!