Finding the right workout routine can be challenging for anyone. Having a physical disability can make the challenge even more daunting because not all gyms are designed with disability in mind. Although there are more accessible gyms than ever before, it continues to be difficult for individuals with disabilities to access exercise in the community.
All adults regardless of physical abilities need a need to get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderately intense aerobic activity per week to reap the many benefits of physical activity. By adding equipment and programs that remove physical and social barriers to working out, we can create opportunities for people with physical disabilities to reap the health benefits in their local communities.
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Wheelchair Accessible Gyms & Pools in Pickering
In the City of Pickering, Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex boasts a wide variety of accessible fitness options. This large facility includes an arena, gymnasium, fitness classes, fitness centre and wheelchair accessible swimming pool.
The eight lane, 25-metre pool contains a deep and shallow area. The entry to the pool has steps with non-slip treads as well as railings that allow children and adults to comfortably and safely enter the pool. There is also a deck mounted chair lift that assists entry into the pool for those in wheelchairs or those who are unable to use the traditional ladders. It can accommodate up to 400 lbs.
The change rooms have accessible showers. And the public swim schedule also has a dedicated time when seniors and persons with a disability can enjoy the pool with a support worker who is admitted without cost.
The recreational complex has a fitness area that includes two rooms dedicated for cardio conditioning, a weight room and an indoor track. As well as having a number of cardio machines, the centre contains a NuStep recumbent cross trainer. This machine is an excellent accessible and adaptable fitness trainer for those with physical disabilities.
As part of our community physiotherapy services in Pickering, our clinicians have used the facilities at Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex for hydrotherapy or aquatic therapy with various clients. The staff members at the recreation centre are happy to accommodate our clients. There have been several instances where the client, support worker, and a physiotherapist have entered the facilities together and only the drop-in fee for the client has been charged. The staff members at Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex are understanding of the unique circumstances many of our clients find themselves in and are on board to facilitate an ongoing therapeutic relationship with the clinicians.
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Accessible Gyms in Whitby
The Abilities Centre in nearby Whitby is a charitable organization that delivers sports and fitness, amongst other programs, to people of all ages and abilities. This 125,000 square foot facility is known for its accessible and inclusive environment. There is a number of accessible cardiovascular equipment, including specialized step machines and recumbent bikes, as well as an indoor track with a railing around its perimeter. Specialized fitness classes for individuals with neurological conditions, as well as specialized programs for adults with other disabilities are also offered at the Abilities Centre.
As one of the largest treatment centres for neurological injuries, the staff at Propel Physiotherapy Pickering are able to include some of the programs at the Abilities Centre as part of our clients’ rehabilitation. For instance, the Abilities Centre offers the group exercise program called TIME (Together in Movement and Exercise). This program is ideal for people wanting to continue monitored and supervised, group-based exercises. This program helps clients who have sustained injuries that require ongoing management and continued, meaningful, physical movements. In addition, this program allows clients to network with others with similar goals and stages of recovery.
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Making exercise a part of your daily life can be challenging, particularly for someone with a physical disability. But with a bit of research, you can find accessible gyms, accessible equipment and accessible programs in your community.
At Propel Physiotherapy in Pickering, Etobicoke and Peterborough, our physical therapists and exercise specialists are familiar with the local facilities and can help you find the right fitness program in your community. In addition, our team specializes in designing and implementing the most beneficial and safe exercise program that is right for you.
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