July 29, 2020

4 Ways to Champion Inclusive Physical Activity

From relieving stress to getting a better night’s sleep, physical activity is one of the most important things we can do for our health. However, people with disabilities can experience lower levels of physical activity due to physical, social, and attitudinal barriers. Each one of us can work alongside people living with disabilities to ensure policies and practices strongly support their health needs. 

To help you champion inclusive physical activity practices, Healthier Generation is proud to feature the following ideas from our partner, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)

1. Prioritize Activities that Can be Adapted or Customized   

Moving more together is a great way to feel connected, especially with the increase in distance and digital learning. This summer, we’ve been playing “Flip a Coin Fitness” during virtual trainings. It’s part of NCHPAD’s inclusive brain break series and is easy to customize depending on how much time you have. One round takes just a couple minutes. 

2. Consider Seated Movement 

Strengthen your mobility while seated with Deskercise, 20 inclusive movements that can be done while seated. The printable poster is a perfect reminder to add a little physical activity (and fun) to your day. 

3. Look for Options that Offer Inclusive Features

NCHPAD Home Workouts feature heart-pumping exercises that can be done seated or standing and feature clearly posted count-down clocks and include closed-captioning, making them inclusive for individuals with a variety of mobility, visual, and auditory needs.  

4. Re-imagine Your Space and Equipment 

Consider NCHPAD’s guidance on space and equipment to ensure your physical environment is supportive of those with differing mobility needs – essential for intergenerational families.  

Which of these tips will you try? Share your successes and questions with Healthier Generation and our friends at NCHPAD on Twitter using @HealthierGen and @NCHPAD
For more inspiration for healthy family activities, visit the Healthier Generation family engagement hub.  

Daniel Hatcher

Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships | Alliance for a Healthier Generation