Adults with Disabilities

Being physically active is important for Americans of all ages to improve their health. Physical activity does not need to be strenuous to achieve health benefits.  People with disabilities should first consult a physician before beginning a program of physical activity to which they are not familiar.

Adults with disabilities should try to have 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate intensity activity. This can include walking fast or pushing yourself in a wheelchair, swimming, raking leaves or other activities to make your heart beat faster.
Activity should be at least 10 minutes in length and spread throughout the week.

Adults with disabilities who are able to, should also do muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week. These can include sit-ups, push-ups or lifting weights. Try working on muscles you use less often.
Be active according to your abilities. Remember, some physical activity is better than none!

To learn about more ways for adults with disabilities to be physically active visit:
http://www.nchpad.org/618/2576/Physical~Activity~Guidelines~for~~Adults~with~Disabilities