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Exercise with a Disability

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Updated October 28, 2010

Sight/Hearing Impaired

People who are sight or hearing impaired have plenty of obstacles to overcome in daily life, and that goes double when you add the element of exercise. However, with the advent of blind athletes like Marla Runyon, who ran in the 2000 Olympic games, more and more people are getting involved in sports and exercise.

The specific concerns for the sight- and hearing-impaired involve exercising safely. Like any new exerciser, your first concern should be starting slowly with cardio exercise and a weight training routine and making sure you are using proper form. One option is to join a health club and check out their personal training options. A trainer can help guide you through both the gym as well as the equipment available to you. He or she can show you how to correctly do the exercises, how to use the cardio machines safely and put you on a routine that will work for you. If you like the outdoors, consider getting involved in sports. The Association of Blind Athletes and Deaf Sports Federation are good resources for the sight or hearing impaired. They offer information about organizations you can join and specific ways to workout safely and effectively. Guiding Eyes is another option, if you're wondering whether a guide dog is right for you.

Living with a disability can be challenging and exercise can feel like just another burden to add to the mix. However, with a little guidance, you can be on your way to healthier and less stressful life.

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