Fitness Friday (and small business shout out): Loving my new shirt from @decolonizing_fitness (https://decolonizingfitness.com/ )- a small business dedicated to making fitness spaces accessible to a variety of people. #peopledoingwork .
As a physical therapist and fitness professional, accessibility is an area of interest and work. Studies show that self-efficacy and self-worth impact physical activity – starting and maintaining your movement pratices. If you feel disempowered or incapable of something, you’ll avoid it, even if doing so negatively impacts you (ex exercise/physical activity is a critical component to health and reduces risk of non communicable diseases, but few individuals meet the movement recommendations). Spaces and professionals that work with diversity (of needs, presentation, illness) can meet you where you are and can help you improve self-efficacy and self-esteem. .
Don’t take physical activity for granted during these challenging times – you deserve to be met where you are by professionals. Movement is incredible medicine open to all. (Besides myself and @decolonizing_fitness, also check out other diversity-friendly and diversity-advocating professionals including @healthateverysize @with_this_body @mindbodysolutions, certified special populations specialist https://www.nsca.com/certification/csps/ , http://nwcsra.org and https://www.christopherreeve.org/research/our-rehabilitation-network/community-fitness-and-wellness-facilities – apologies if I’m leaving anyone out, this list is far from complete).
Be well, wilds. Please feel free to share how inclusion (or lack of it) has impacted your physical fitness journey. . #movementmedicine #exercise #physicalactivity #mindfulmovement #yogaforall #bodydiversity #embodiement #noncommunicablediseaseprevention #publichealth #inclusivefitness #decolonizefitness #allbodiesaregoodbodies
Written by Dr. Allison Mitch, PT (DPT), copyright protected, please cite accordingly. Originally posted to social media on 9/18/20. Image is mine.
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