Exercise and fitness for the special needs community.
John Reiss Fitness
Individuals with intellectual disabilities often have a combination of health and emotional problems tied to physical inactivity. Some of the many benefits of regular exercise are increased social skills, self-confidence and a feeling of well being. Exercise provides a social outlet and helps support families and caregivers.
Stretching exercises are done before and after exercise. Stretching improves range of motion, reduces muscle spasms and calms the mind. And it feels good! In our classes we practice deep breathing, relaxation and muscle awareness.
Strength training improves balance, stability and bone health. John Reiss Fitness recommends exercising every muscle group at least twice a week. In our classes we utilize light hand weights (wrist weights for those with limited gripping skills), resistance bands, weighted balls and isometric flooe exercises. Classes are tailored to the students’ abilities and goals.
Aerobic activity is any activity that involves the repeated use of the large muscle groups such as walking, jogging, swimming, or dancing. Aerobic activity improves the function of the heart and lungs, raises endurance and aids in weight loss.