National Autism Awareness Day has come and gone for another year, but this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t continue to spread the word about this challenging disorder.
If you know someone with autism or are on the spectrum yourself, you will know how important it is to find activities that can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with this condition. One great way to get this done is by introducing them to different kinds of exercise and fitness programs.
What Kinds of Exercise Can Help?
There are many types of exercise that can help to relieve some of the symptoms of autism, including:
- Aerobic exercise – this includes walking, jogging, or cycling. Increasing the heart rate and breathing patterns can help to ease anxiety and help with sleep disorders. – Weight training – this is a great way to build strength and improve balance and coordination.
- Yoga – yoga is a great introduction to exercise for those who have never participated in a fitness program before. It also teaches relaxation and helps improve the quality of sleep.
- Swimming – water is often used in therapy for individuals with autism, as it is something that many people find calming. Swimming is a great low-impact exercise, too.
- Dance – this is a great way to get moving and express emotions and feelings that may not come naturally.
Benefits of Exercise for People with Autism
Exercising is important for all of us, but it is especially important for those who have autism. Getting involved in a fitness program will help to relieve some of the symptoms associated with the disorder, including:
- Weight and Sleep Issues – these are two of the most common issues for individuals with autism. Exercising can help to shed unwanted pounds and improve sleep quality.
- Anxiety – this is a very common symptom of autism, and exercising can help to relieve it.
- Social Issues – when you exercise, your body releases a chemical called endorphin.
This can help to reduce anxiety and improve mood, which can help when trying to communicate with others.
It is not easy to deal with autism but this doesn’t mean we just give up or never try for people we love. There are plenty of activities that you can do such as what mentioned above and all of these are capable of making a huge difference.