La Crosse and Onalaska Fitness
Gundersen Lutheran
UW-LaCrosse Recreation Center
Other Fitness Options

La Crosse Adapted Fitness Options






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.



Why exercise?

- 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


Exercise Tips:


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- 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

trained professional.


- 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:





        -Equipment/classes offered



- 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.



For questions or comments, contact Shelly Schauer or Brittany Young

Last Updated: Nov. 17, 2010