The purpose of this project is to increase awareness of activity
options for people with disabilities in the La Crosse area. The
website is designed by two University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Doctorate of Physical Therapy students. Regular physical activity
is encouraged for people of all ages and abilities because the benefits are abundant.
- According to the Center for Disease Control, individuals who have a physical disability are less
likely to engage in regular physical activity.
- Any moderate amount of daily physical activity can bring significant benefits.
- Similar benefits can be found in both longer, moderate activity levels and shorter, higher
intensity activity levels.
- Physical activity has been shown to decrease the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease
and colon cancer, as well as reduce anxiety and depression and improve mood.
- Physical activity can also improve strength and stamina in people with chronic conditions.
- Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/sgr/disab.htm
- Consult a physician when beginning an exercise routine.
- When beginning an exercise routine, it is important to
start gradually and build up time and intensity slowly.
- If possible, get an individual exercise program from a
- Stop exercising if you feel any shortness of breath,
chest pain, dizziness, or nausea.Pict
(Picture Source: http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=9481&articleaction=print)
What do I look for when choosing a fitness center?
- When looking into a fitness facility, keep in mind a variety of factors, including:
- Take a tour and ask questions before signing a membership.
- If possible, get a guest pass to try out the facility.
- For more in depth tips, see the NCPAD's information page on choosing a fitness center.
- Also, see the before and after fitness center makeover for things to look for in the facility.
Last Updated: Nov. 17, 2010