A Basic Exercise Program
Does a diabetic person have a different exercise program than an arthritic patient? As exercise programming is as individual as people, no two should have the exact type of program. There are a few types of guidelines that are universal which help structure individual exercise.
Special Populations Program will always be designed:
- Proper monitoring before exercise. Whether it is blood sugar monitoring, using a blood pressure cuff, taking a temperature reading, or stepping on the scale, performing a physical reading pre-exercise is important to see how hard and long you may be able to exercise.
- Proper warm-up. In a class full of students, or on your own, getting the muscles prepared for exercise is as easy as doing some light aerobic movements, and large-muscle stretching activities to get the body ready to exercise.
- New goals. The goals for therapeutic exercises are – pain free movement, improved functional ability, learning new body movements, and perfecting technique on whatever type of exercise you are performing. Hopefully a new found sense of self acceptance and confidence to become healthier, and more self reliant.
- Proper warm-down. The importance of proper warm down in therapeutic situations can’t be overlooked. It’s time for breathing (slow, proper belly breathing), reflection and relaxation, and getting yourself “centered”. A time to let the muscles flush out the extra work they’ve been asked to perform, and be able to function properly the next day without undue soreness.