Individuals with Disabilities and Physical Activity

A person’s movement, vision, hearing, thinking, memory, learning, communication, mental health, and social interactions are all affected by various disorders.

Health and Disability

Sedentary behavior, frequently linked to impairment, causes deconditioning and puts one’s health in danger. Disability-Associated Low Energy Expenditure Deconditioning Syndrome is the name given to the problem since it is so precise.

Adults with impairments are 57 percent more likely than adults without disabilities to be obese. Obesity is a significant risk factor for adults with disabilities, with a 33 percent increased risk of developing chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, or cancer.

Aerobic physical activity can help lessen the impact of several chronic conditions. However, persons with disabilities only engage in physical activity about half as often as adults without disabilities (12 percent compared to 22 percent ).

Physical Exercise

Physical activity (PA) is defined as any bodily action requiring energy expenditure produced by skeletal muscles. As a result, activities such as working, playing, traveling, doing chores, and indulging in recreational hobbies are included. Adults should engage in at least 150–300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75–150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity, throughout the week, according to the World Health Organization. With the proportion in high-income countries is twice as high. People who are insufficiently physically active have a 20 percent to 30 percent higher risk of all-cause mortality than those who meet activity standards.

Physical Activity Measuring Techniques

Physical activity is assessed in Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET), a multiple resting metabolic rate. The activity’s threshold is based on relative intensities when considering individual characteristics. Without considering a person’s skills, absolute intensities become the reference threshold. A MET score of 1 indicates how much energy a person expends while resting. When absolute intensities are used as a reference point in physical activity guidelines, light activity is defined as METs less than 3, while moderate activity is defined as METs 3.0 to 5.9. The exercise is deemed strenuous when the MET is greater than 6.

The Borg Rating of Perceived Exertion is another method for determining the level of physical activity (RPE). It’s based on a 6-to-20 scale and provides a decent approximation of heart rate throughout a workout.

Persons with Disabilities

Because disability does not define a person, it is critical to prioritize the person when speaking about or dealing with people with disabilities. Positive language empowers others, so it’s important to utilize it.

“A disability is any physical or mental defect that makes it more difficult for a person to conduct particular tasks (activity limitations) or interact with the environment around them (participation limits).”

Physical Activity in Low-Income Countries for People with Disabilities

Most research on physical activity for people with disabilities focuses on the general public, and nearly all data comes from high-income countries. In the future, improved data collecting in low- and middle-income nations must be a priority. Visual impairment is a significant factor in predicting years spent disabled in low and middle-income nations. Dementia was the leading cause of disability in a study conducted by the 10/66 Dementia Research Group between 2003 and 2005 in seven low- and middle-income countries, including China, India, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, and Peru. A thorough assessment of studies undertaken in low and middle-income countries found a direct association between poverty and disability.

Physical activity participation among people with disabilities in low-income countries has not been widely researched, and data is few. According to research completed in 46 low- and middle-income countries, adults over 50 who have chronic physical diseases, are less likely to meet physical activity guidelines than adults who do not have similar conditions. Symptoms of chronic diseases like sadness, pain, and mobility issues were impediments to leading an active life.

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Thank you for taking the time to visit Physability UK! Will be explaining and giving you the exercises you can do at home together with family members who have a disability.


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