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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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Re: Exercising

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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Re: Exercising

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
Kind regards and much love and respect

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