(with or without down syndrome)
Intellectual disability is a significant sub average intelligence with limited adaptive skills. Supervised exercise is safe and beneficial for this generally inactive population.
Regular exercise is beneficial to mother and child and it may reduce the risk of developing pregnancy induced high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. Supervised exercise is also effective for back pain, core and pelvic floor strengthening and general conditioning during pregnancy.
Regular exercise after pregnancy is also beneficial as it will help reduce weight and strengthen stomach and pelvic muscles.
A slow progressive, scientifically supervised exercise program, based on patient’s symptom response may help minimize adverse effects of cancer treatment such as fatigue and lowered immune system due to chemotherapy.
Exercise provides important benefits for people with HIV/Aids. It enhances their functional aerobic capacity, cardiorespiratory and muscular endurance and their general well being.
Exercise improves quality of life by improving flexibility, neuromotor function, cardiorespiratory function, daily activities, pain, depression, fatigue and anxiety all associated with fibromyalgia.
Children can benefit greatly from specialized exercises designed to develop their cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle and bone strength in a safe, supervised and encouraging environment as part of their weekly exercise program or as a measure to address physical inactivity.