We Are NOT Created Equal


The second paragraph of the Constitution of the United States claims equality for all people. I believe that’s true when it comes to the rights stipulated within that document. However, I feel equality does not apply to everyone when it comes to exercise and general fitness. Generally speaking people are the same, except a when a disability, chronic illness, age, or injury restricts them in any way. Yet, the expectation is that everyone should be able to exercise if only they would modify.

In the last few years I’ve become sensitive to limitations that a huge portion of the population faces. For the reasons I would like to mention in this article, trainers cannot dish out the same Rx for health, weight loss and fitness. It isn’t a one size fits all world. Today I’m going to shine the spotlight on three groups of individuals whose workouts would not be what many consider usual and customary. I’m committed to bringing a healthy lifestyle to everyone so that all people can move better, feel healthier, and be proud of their accomplishments.

Special Populations

Let’s begin with the individuals who have disabilities or impairments. Whether there is a physical, mental, or emotional impairment you can be assured that the person has to approach activities differently. While some are born with conditions, others may have had accidents or medical conditions that leave them disabled. No matter how a body becomes limited — the approach to fitness has to be modified.

Aging

It’s a fact of life. We grow older, find changes as the years progress, and can remember when we were young with our lives laid out before us. The changes that happen in the body are numerous. They are a sign that we’ve been here, around the block, and have great wisdom to show for the miles we’ve walked. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, and should be considered part of the natural occurrence — enjoy the ride and be reasonable with the kind of exercise you buy into.

Caregivers

I’m specifically addressing an audience of people who care for young and adult children with disabilities or chronic illness.  Parent caregivers are overlooked. Statistics in nearly every article (at least all that I could find on the internet) are specific to caregivers for our aging population. It’s a fact that these people have days and nights filled with all the responsibilities for another human being, and there is a huge network out there for aid. My concern is for the Parent Caregiver who chooses to keep their child in the home with everyone who loves them. There is no time for anyone in this group to hit the gym and exercise. For this group I’ve designed an entirely new approach to “fitness”.*

So, can these people exercise and improve their physical condition? They need someone to show them how, and the financial resources too. Physical therapy has limits imposed by the system so the only step is to hire a trainer. There are trainers who specialize in the kind of therapeutic exercise techniques needed. However, some of them SAY they are rehabilitation exercise trainers, but don’t have the proper training. Any Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist can tell you there is a big difference between what each specialization has to offer. Personal trainers would be wise to take a class such as the ones offered through MDT Education Solutions, and bridge that difference.

The point is this be proactive with your decision to get healthy. Start walking or riding a bike. If you need the assistance of a mobility device, sometimes sitting outside and breathing in fresh air can help you feel better. If you decide to try a gym the staff if they’ve studied muscular disorders, or biomechanics of the aging body. Look for a trainer with the understanding of the limits life brings all of us. Then monitor your body as you begin to move, and if it hurts — don’t do it.

Please Love Yourself

** Caregiver Fitness — see details here and ask for a program in your area.

 

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