Adults with Disabilities More Likely to Be Physically Inactive — Physician’s First Watch
Adults with Disabilities More Likely to Be Physically Inactive
By Kelly Young
Roughly half of adults with disabilities don't get any physical activity, versus about a quarter of adults without disabilities, according to a CDC Vital Signs report.
Using data from the National Health Interview Survey, researchers also found that inactive adults with disabilities (hearing, vision, cognition, or mobility) were 50% more likely to report having at least one chronic disease, compared with active adults with disabilities. Adults with disabilities whose healthcare provider recommended they get physically active were 82% more likely to report being active than those who didn't receive such advice.
The CDC makes five recommendations for clinicians treating patients with disabilities:
Know physical activity guidelines: at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week.
Ask patients about their physical activity.
Discuss barriers to physical activity (e.g., physical barriers, feeling self-conscious at the gym).
Recommend fitness options that fit a patient's needs (e.g., handcrank bicycles, water aerobics).
Refer patients to outside resources.