Posts Tagged 'exercise'

5 Basic Principles of Adaptive Yoga

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Yoga may have been around for thousands of years, but an exciting new branch of yoga has emerged—adaptive yoga—thanks to adaptive yoga pioneer, Matt Sanford. Also known as wheelchair yoga, universal yoga, yoga for non-traditional students, yoga is here and it’s doing some amazing things for people with disabilities.

Posted by Chris Miller May 21, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

ACT2MOVE and MOVE2ACT: Why Shakespeare?

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If your only experience with the Bard (a nickname for Shakespeare, bard meaning poet) was a torturous memorizing of Julius Ceasar’s monologue, “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears” in 10th grade English, you might be wondering why Shakespeare inspires  Dr. Bloom.  

Posted by Elizabeth Vander Kamp May 17, 2013 Posted in Disability 6 Comments

Skill-building and Accountability

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As a former English Major, I read a lot.  I read an article that had a quote which saidExercise has one spelling, but how it is applied is extremely diverse.” [i] The quote made me think of a point my Movement Specialist frequently makes, that one fitness approach may work well for one client but only partially work for another.  Any developed fitness routine needs to be tailored and customized for the individual.

Posted by Kerry May 14, 2013 Posted in Disability, Uncategorized 1 Comment

Communities, Belonging, and Authentic Inclusion

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Regardless of whether a person has a disability or not, we all want to connect.  We all want to have a ‘place’ where we belong.  When I refer to the concept of place, I do not mean the bricks and mortar of a building.  I did not join the Fitness Center I go to because of the physical space or equipment.  I joined because from the first day I walked through the door, I was treated as a member of the larger group.  Community in the broadest terms creates a sense of belonging for members of a group.[i] 

Posted by Kerry May 07, 2013 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Whitewater Rafting? Yes, You Can!

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It all depends on how you face the challenges of your disability. Life is an adventure and even with limited mobility you can create a rich, experiential life for yourself or someone in your family who has a disability. What if you knew that persons with visual impairments, autism, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and hemiplegia could have a blast whitewater rafting all year long?

Posted by Susan Hawkins Apr 25, 2013 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

The “Working Alliance”: Establishing An Effective Partnership

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In the field of Social Work, the connection between a professional and client is called a “working alliance.”  The alliance begins when the professional and client agree about the work to be done.  In the context of fitness, I have formed “working alliances” with five professionals over the last six years.

Each professional brought different talents, skill sets, training, and features to my program.  The “working alliance” describes my efforts and work with the fitness professionals.

Posted by Kerry Apr 23, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

Taking Care of the Caregiver

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 You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.

                                                                                                                                    ~Buddha

Caregivers are among the true heroes of the world. If you’ve taken on that crucial role for a family member, friend, or as a paid position caring for someone whose disability or illness prevents self-care, you work extraordinarily hard—so hard that you may be neglecting your own self-care, which means…

Posted by Susan Hawkins Apr 18, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

How water aerobics can help in rehabilitation of muscles

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Swimming is one of the most popular and effective ways of burning off excess fat (and, incidentally, fat has a way of floating on water, which at least partly explains that popularity). It is especially enjoyable in the summer, when you can cool off from the intense heat even as you get into shape.

Posted by Katelyn Roberts Apr 17, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

The Offseason

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The off-season is where players can develop as individual athletes.

Posted by Jared Rehm Apr 16, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

Poor Cardiovascular Health and Depression: The Deadly Cycle

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A recent study on risk factors for cardiovascular disease has uncovered one heck of a “chicken or egg” conundrum.

Posted by Katie BrindAmour Apr 11, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments