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Post by Philippa321 »

Hello everyone!

I'm a support worker for a woman (21 years old) who has dyspraxia has asked me to help her with an exercise plan as she would like to loose some weight, so I was wondering if anyone could help me with what someone with dyspraxia could do on an exercise plan? I understand everyone has different abilities, so I just need some ideas I can discuss with her to try and get the support plan right for her.

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Post by Tom fod »

Hi Philippa

There are various challenges with dyspraxia and I would suggest you would need to consider the following in regard formulation of the plan:
some people have joint issues and tendency to stumble or trip over thin air might make us especially wary of activities like jogging
social anxiety is also common so that might impact on willingness to engage in fitness classes, that said meeting mew people and overcoming our fear is good too
Yoga or Tai Chi might be an idea but would need a good tutor who is patient and explains clearly ditto if you were to go down personal trainer route
Motivating us to stick to the plan (results won't be quick and we are often prone to disheartenment
Fatigue can also be an issue
Balancing exercise with dietary change - we might struggle with cooking so might opt for easy options like ready meals too readily

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Post by michael »

I've got to get on an exercise plan myself. It's been very hard here because it's been so hot in the states this summer--don't know what it's like in the UK--but it's hot here and I have a sensory processing disorder so I don't deal well with the excessive heat. I seem to be caught up in one of those indecision loops about this.
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Post by Dani0191 »

Hi guys I hope this helps but as a qualified personal trainer and having dyspraxia over the years I have tried many different techniques to help with my balance and co ordination. Here are some of the best trainers and coaches I’ve found that have helped me over the years

Saturno movement- specialise in yoga callisthenics or body weight training great for improving flexibility and muscle control

Thenx these guys are the leaders in body weight training and coaching

Also the use of any gymnastics training or cross fit style training will help with daily living

Hope this helps
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Post by Abramoluna1 »

Really vital and prime for health although he Covid 19 guidelines are the limitations!
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Post by gardnere »

Hi Philippa!

I think the best thing to do is to work out what your client's needs are on an individual basis. For example, a specific type of exercise that works for one dyspraxic person might not work for the other. I am 21 and wasn't diagnosed with dyspraxia until last year. I always hated sports and exercise for obvious reasons, not helped my PE teachers who were very unsupportive of my difficulties.

So, for instance, you need to work around any problems that your client has e.g joint pains, or difficulty doing certain activities like jumping, hopping, etc. I personally find for myself that the best workouts are HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and running, as you don't necessarily have to be good at these, you can just do them at your own pace and in your own way. Plenty can be found on youtube, there are lots directed at people with dyspraxia and some that will take out movements that dyspraxic people finding hard such as jumping.

Again, your client might enjoy other activities such as tennis, squash, badminton etc. Whilst this is often difficult due to hand-eye coordination problems, exercises like these provide a nice wide range of different things to try and also will help to strengthen and manipulate and difficulties faced with coordination as a dyspraxic person-whilst they will not stop the difficulties, they will help your client to take control of the difficulties they face, try something new and also gain confidence. I think encouragement is a big part of trying exercise for people with dyspraxia, in a calm environment where it doesn't matter if they take a bit longer or get the move wrong.

Yoga and pilates have also been great for me for strength training. I also love spinning classes and boxercise too-I think spin is good for dyspraxic people because the bike isn't moving! :D :lol:

I hope this helps give you some ideas-on another note, I ahve found regular exercise (3-5 times a week) has really helped me with other things relating to dypraxia like chronic fatigue and low energy levels - perhaps this is a positive impact that your client will have too once they start a regular exercise routine.

Good luck, I really hope your client finds an exercise programme they enjoy!

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