And now back to the irregularly scheduled Autism Fitness Blog
Busy busy busy. That is my only excuse (excuses) for not updating the EC Blog. But, I do have something cool to share. One of the biggest questions I receive from parents and educators concerning fitness programs for children and teens with autism is:
“What exercises or activities should I use?”
I’ve had to demystify the current dogma (treadmills and machines, while shiny and expensive, are probably the poorest choices for exercise..for ANYone) and introduce the foundations of movement, play, and family-based fitness.
Why do most people take up distance running? Because they…
1) Have been told/read that running is a great way to lose weight and “tone up”
2) Are intimidated by resistance/strength training
3) Do not have exposure to the many different modalities of fitness available
We want to be well-rounded in our approach to fitness. This goes for EVERYBODY, including the autism population. By understanding a little bit about movement (pushing, pulling, bending, rotation, and locomotion) and movement qualities (strength, speed, agility, coordination, balance) parents, educators, and professionals working with the young autism population can begin to develop creative and effective exercise programs. Below is a recent example of taking creativity and strength to improvise a quick, fun exercise session. Bill is one of my favorite people on Earth.