A shared goal: exercising for physical and social wellbeing
Geelong Regional Network members met in August with David from Geelong Adaptive Sports, who shared with us his passion for physical activity and social connection.
Many Australians, including those with disability, would have better health if they exercised more. A recent study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that 72 per cent of people aged 15 and over with disability reported doing too little physical activity.
More information can be found here: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/disability/people-with-disability-in-australia/health/health-risk-factors-and-behaviours/physical-activity
With spring just around the corner, it was a good time for members to learn about the benefits of physical activity for physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Early in his career, David had the opportunity to work with elite athletes in wheelchair basketball in the USA, on a working holiday. This experience and insight got him passionate about developing Geelong Adaptive Sports, with the long-term goal of having people of all abilities participating in the same sport.
David explained how the organisation could help support you in achieving your health goals at home, gym or just at the park.
For example, you may want to start playing social tennis, learn how to strengthen a body part to reduce pain, or train to become an athlete. Depending on your goals, the programs can even be part of your NDIS plan. If you have an idea, David can help you make it happen.
David can be contacted here: https://geelongadaptivesports.com/
Members shared exercise goals, with one wanting to get back into hand cycling, another wanting to reduce pain in her shoulders, and another just wanting to be more active in his local community and improve his general health.
This Network meeting has motivated us to move more in our daily lives. We are planning to take advantage of the warmer weather to do more group activities in the near future.
Details of our next event
Wednesday, 25 Sep 2019
Royal Geelong Yacht Club
25 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong VIC 3220
Available on surrounding streets
Presenting results from last year’s research project with Swinburne and Deakin University on how mainstream services can better support people living with SCI
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