Staying Active in Columbus #PALSMove

According to the American Heart Association, adults should incorporate at least thirty minutes of activity into their day, five days per week. This recommendation can be a challenge for individuals with disabilities to follow, but not an impossibility. Physical and intellectual differences are not a barrier to all physical activity! There are many different accessible ways to be active.

We strive to be active every day at PALS, and luckily, we live in a very lively and diverse city. Columbus is the perfect place to be active! Walking, yoga, and exploring are just three of our favorite ways to be active.

Walking 

Exploring our city by walking is the perfect way to stay active without much effort. Columbus has many parks with paved trails for individuals who utilize wheelchairs to explore as well! Strawberry Farms Park, the Scioto Mile, and Schiller Park are just a few of our favorite places to play.

Yoga

According to the American Osteopathic Association, yoga increases your flexibility, muscle strength, and tone; all while reducing stress levels. It can function as a great way for individuals with disabilities to practice calming their minds and bodies. While the practice of yoga is traditionally quiet and focused, this dedicated atmosphere is not always required. Yoga can be a lot of fun when you allow yourself to laugh and play while working on that tree pose!

Images via Art Outside the Lines on Instagram

Our favorite place to practice yoga is with our friends! Art Outside the Lines hosts Yoga Friday every Friday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. Their classes are taught by a licensed instructor and an individual with a disability! Lots of laughter floats out of the gallery during class and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Exploring

We’re experts at finding ways to learn, have fun, and stay active all at once. Here’s the secret to our success: explore! Our daily community outings give our participants unique experiences each and every day. Some days we learn more, and some we are a little more active, but we’re always having fun around Columbus!

Bowling is by far our favorite pastime. Participants love the good food and friendly competition!

We also love to find some pretty unique places to explore. In the past we’ve visited the Honda Heritage Center and the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame.

We love to be active in our community. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to see where we go next!