Tagged with: energy exercise flexibility muscles Swimming
Swimming has been used as a part of physical therapy for years, but it’s something that most of us only do during the summer months. However, swimming can be a great way to get your everyday exercise, whether you hit the pool, the lake, or the ocean. Swimming has many amazing benefits that can inspire you to get splashing! Here are just 6 of those benefits.
Tagged with: autism fitness Right Fit Swimming
It’s no secret that I am not shy when discussing the benefits of swimming and water exercise for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Many fitness experts regard swimming as one of the best forms of exercise. It is one of the few exercises in which all body parts are used at the same time. The water also creates natural resistance to build stronger muscles and it puts less wear and tear on the body joints. Water gives the body amazing input and is a huge sensory regulator for many children with Autism. At the end of our 2011 Summer Autism Fitness Camp I really felt the absence of a swimming pool fitness station. It was obvious how the children enjoyed their time in the pool and how the swimming clearly improved their motor skills, confidence and strength. It also leads to a noticeable decrease in self-stimulating behaviors. I have told many parents if given the “right” trainer and a swimming pool, we’ll improve many autistic symptoms and behaviors.
Tagged with: disability goals passion Swimming
One year ago today, I was finishing up my first swim meet in over a decade. I had given up the sport as a slight and silent protest to my own disability. I didn’t think that I could ever be the swimmer I was, nor get any satisfaction from it without the use of my legs.
Tagged with: disabilities exercise programs Swimming
It is deep winter now, and most of us live where it is cold, windy, snowy and icy outdoors. Some people like to ski, hike or sled outside in the elements, and those of us who love the winter can keep in shape over the cold months. But even those of us who don’t like the cold need to find some way to exercise in the wintertime.
Tagged with: Cerebral Palsy disability High School Sports inclusive Swimming
Looking back on my experience in high school, my fondest memory is being part of the swim team. Being that I have cerebral palsy I could not not swim the same times as other swimmers, but I practiced and competed with my peers.