Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Helping Family Members with Special Needs Meet Their Fitness Goals

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Helping Family Members with Special Needs Meet Their Fitness Goals

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Getting in shape, eating better and exercising regularly are all common goals we set for ourselves. These things help us lower stress, improve self-esteem, physical endurance and stamina, and improve our general well-being. Individuals with special needs often share in these same goals and can achieve their health and fitness goals with the help of an adaptive fitness and nutrition plan. Here are some tips to help family members with a disability meet their fitness goals:

* Meet with a doctor or health care professional to develop a program that combines safety considerations with realistic goals. Fitness comes in all forms, and a doctor can recommend modifications for physical activities and traditional exercises to make activities more inclusive. Always follow up on a regular basis with any suggestions or concerns or to make adjustments to the program if necessary.

* Eat a healthy diet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has useful information and motivational messages to keep the whole family on the path to healthy eating. …

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