CEREBRAL PALSY AND EXERCISE
Cerebral Palsy is a non-progressive lesion of the brain during or soon after birth. This disorder interferes with the natural development of the brain. It is a condition characterized by limited movement and maintenance of balance and posture. This is due to the areas of the brain that are in control of muscle tone and spinal reflexes.
Those with Cerebral Palsy should expect to greatly benefit from physical activity and exercise. According to United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), the specific goals of exercise for those managing Cerebral Palsy are to increase and maintain heart and lung efficiency, to improve flexibility and range of motion, to strengthen muscles and increase endurance, and to improve bone structure and strength.
SIT AND BE FIT workouts are great exercises for those managing Cerebral Palsy because the workouts are designed to meet the same goals for people of all ages and physical abilities. These are some exercises that can help promote physical activity among individuals with Cerebral Palsy: neck exercises, arm exercises, chair exercises and breathing exercises.
Recommended SIT AND BE FIT Workouts for exercise with Cerebral Palsy:
- Caregivers Guide to Exercise Workout: DVD VHS
- Arthritis Specialty Workout: DVD VHS
- All-Sitting Workout: DVD VHS
- Balance & Fall Prevention Workout: DVD VHS