Physical activity is good for your health, both your mind and body. Whether doing strength and endurance building exercises or enjoying the physical activity of taking a stroll, it is important to move your body for a good quality of life. Being physically active helps prevent illness and conditions like heart disease or diabetes and supports independence. No matter what limitations you might experience, anyone can be active. Movement looks different for different people. Check out our physical activity resources that help provide ways everyone can get moving by highlighting people with a wide range of abilities being physically active and exercising successfully.
The H&W YouTube channel houses lots of great video resources including adaptive/accessible physical activity videos. The videos feature real self-advocate actors from across the state of Kentucky. The goal of the physical activity videos highlighted below is to showcase the different ways we can all be active to the best of our abilities and experience the health benefits of movement.
FitBlue is a physical activity and nutrition tracker app developed by the University of Kentucky and aims to get more Kentuckians moving. Included in the app are short 20 second how-to exercise videos that support individuals of all ability levels. Three levels of activity or adaptations for each exercise offer safe ways people with disabilities or injuries can incorporate movement into their daily routine.
The CHEER how-to videos explain the mechanics of different exercises in a variety of ways. The series features individuals with different abilities successfully engaging in exercise or activity. The videos aim to build viewers’ confidence to become active on their own and in the way that works bests for them.
The adaptive exercise series was created with a panel of self-advocates with various disabilities. They worked together to come up with the list of exercises for demonstration. Under the supervision of exercise physiology professionals, the self-advocates created and starred in these adaptive exercise videos.