For those who have a disability, there can be many barriers in the way to getting active. Getting involved in an accessible sport can be an exciting new experience and the positives of doing so could make a huge difference to your health and wellbeing.
It can feel daunting trying something new but the benefits of taking up a sport can be significant. For one, being active doesn’t just help strengthen different muscles in your body, but exercise can also help improve cardiovascular levels, making your heart stronger. Sports like swimming and wheelchair table tennis can even improve your motor skills and coordination. The health benefits don’t just end at physical, sport can also do wonders for your mental wellbeing. Not only is it proven to lower anxiety and stress but being active is a natural mood booster.
Time to Team Up
Deciding to take up a team sport means you don’t have to go it alone and can help you develop numerous essential skills like teamwork and leadership experience. Not just that, but you’ll be doing your social life some good too. Popular sports like powerchair football and wheelchair rugby have well established teams throughout the UK that give lots of opportunities to meet new people with similar interests.
The last summer Paralympics, held in Rio in 2016, had a record-breaking global audience with over four billion viewers tuning in. Tokyo 2020 is now just around the corner and is shaping up to be as impressive as the last. The rise in popularity of the games has inspired more people than ever before to take part in sport. 2012’s London Olympics and Paralympic games saw a surge of people joining local sports clubs across the UK, with total sign ups jumping by a huge 30%.
From adaptive archery to wheelchair tennis and lots in between, the list of accessible sports is getting longer and there are now many to choose from. Whether you’re a budding Paralympian or just want to get healthier, there’s a wealth of resources available to make it easy to get involved. If you’re not sure where to start, head to the official Paralympics GB sports website where you can find detailed information about individual Paralympic sports. You can even type in your postcode and find clubs near you offering your chosen activity.