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Fitness Programmes for Persons with Disabilities

  1. Introduction
  2. Benefits of Exercise
  3. Notes for Doing Exercise
  4. A Guide to Exercise
  5. Warm-up Exercise (Stretching Exercise)
  6. Muscle Strengthening
  7. Cardiopulmonary Exercise
  8. Cool-down Exercise
  9. Fitness Programme for Persons with Disabilities
  10. Virtual Class for Fitness Exercise for Persons with Disabilities
  11. Download Pamphlet of Fitness Exercise for Persons with Disabilities

Moderate amount of exercise is good for our health, especially for the disabled. Inactive people are prone to a number of health hazards. Prolonged inactivity will result in muscular atrophy and reduce the agility of the joints. It may also lead to osteoporosis, obesity and heart diseases, etc.


Benefits of Exercise

Exercise can promote health and has the following advantages:

  1. improve heart and lung function, enhance blood circulation, build up strong physique and reduce the cholesterol level in the blood;

  2. strengthen muscles and reduce the chance of osteoporosis;

  3. increase the agility of the joints and slow down the aging process;

  4. burn up excess fat in the body and keep body weight under control; and

  5. relieve stress, build-up self-confidence, extend social circle and establish good inter-personal relationship.

Notes for Doing Exercise

Consult your physician and understand your condition before doing exercise. Note the following points when exercise:

  1. choose a suitable kind of exercise within your own ability;

  2. exercise in an environment with good ventilation and suitable temperature;

  3. put on suitable sportswear and sports shoes;

  4. do not make any drastic or abrupt movements, particularly when the exercise involves the neck, waist and knees;

  5. breathe naturally while doing exercise; and

  6. if you feel unwell when doing exercise, you should slow down or take a rest, if the unwell condition persists, you should consult your physician for safety sake.

A Guide to Exercise
  1. Posture - Persons with disabilities may according to their own ability, choose one of the following postures:
  • Supine lying Graphic: Supine lying

    Suitable for the housebound and those with weak limbs who can exercise on their own or with assistance from other people.

  • Sitting on a chair Graphic: Sitting on a chair

    Suitable for those who cannot stand too long or who have weak lower limbs. Exercise by sitting on a chair of suitable height (allowing one's feet on the ground) and with straight back.

  • Standing Graphic: Standing

Suitable for those who can stand steadily and take exercise without assistance from other people.

(Applicable to all above posture if not specified.)

  1. Breathing Exercise

    Suitable for all persons - Close the mouth, breathe in through the nose and expand the chest then breathe out through the mouth.

  2. Frequency and Duration of Exercise

    For beginners - Twice a week and 15 minutes each time and progressively increase the duration to 30 minutes each time.

  3. For those who are very weak, they can exercise with assistance from their family members or carers.

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