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Adaptive Fitness

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You’ve probably heard about adaptive fitness discussed in the context of individuals who have suffered accidents or were born with specific disabilities that impact the way they move. However, adaptive fitness can be an important part of your weight-loss journey as well. Adaptive fitness includes exercises that are adapted to accommodate students with permanent or physical disabilities. Trainers use adaptive fitness to develop plans for individuals with special needs that may have physical challenges that prevent them from exercising like another individual might who is at a healthy weight.

Individuals who undergo bariatric surgery like Lap-Band® are obese or morbidly obese. During the aftercare process, it’s not only important that individuals follow a healthy diet, but they must exercise as well. Because individuals have a lot of weight to lose and are larger in size, completing certain exercises may be difficult or impossible. For instance, individuals may not be able to squat deep enough to gain benefits from the move. Some poses may be uncomfortable because of the extra weight they carry. Individuals may have joint issues or trouble getting up off the floor repeatedly for certain exercises.

Adaptive fitness is all about doing moves that are comfortable. This means doing exercises that are low impact and take the individual’s range of movement into consideration. Individuals should start slow and work up to more difficult exercises once they are comfortable progressing. If individuals have limited mobility in certain areas, they should work on building up strength in other areas. Individuals with mobility issues often find exercising in the water to be especially beneficial and freeing. It’s a great way to work on cardiovascular fitness in a supported, low-impact environment. Examples of adaptive fitness exercises include doing push-ups against the wall instead of the ground, and staying seated while performing exercises. Individuals should work on gaining stability and flexibility.

Exercise will not only help you on your weight-loss journey, it will help relieve stress and anxiety in addition to improving your self-esteem and outlook on life. The important thing is to stop if you feel any pain, and to make exercise a regular part of your life.

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