Exercise is great for all Short Statured People, regardless of age and or ability. Regular exercise can make a big difference to your lifestyle, mental wellbeing and physical health. Whilst most physical activities are achievable by Short Statured People, it is important to know your own body, your own condition and the possible risks associated with YOU. At the end of the day, the benefits will certainly improve your life.
Support your Joints:
- Engaging in physical activity over a sustained period of time can improve bone mineral density, joint flexibility / stability and reduce common issues. We know many Short Statured people can have either quite lax joints and or stiff arthritic joints (predominately in their hips, ankles, elbows and knees). This can cause instability, changes in the range of motion, pain and or joints being extremely flexible. The more involved in regular exercise individuals are, the better the muscle tone around problem areas is maintained, and, therefore, the more stable and supported these joints become.
Sports as a mood-enhancer
- Sports are generally a positive emotional experience, and being physically active and engaging in sports practices leaves most people feeling better afterwards. When performing physical activity, your heart rate increases which pumps more oxygen to your brain. By exercising regularly you can support your brain health. As you exercise regularly and start to see results, you’ll also notice a boost in confidence levels. As you start to feel good about your progress, it will radiate outward. Whether you’re excited about your weight-loss, your increased strength or new training PB, every small milestone is something to be proud of. Doing something you love and enjoy regularly will provide you with more energy and a lasting feeling of wellbeing.
Supercharge your Metabolism:
- Weight can be an issue for some people with Short Stature. Keeping weight off and regular exercise can prevent and delay the need for invasive surgery to stabilise back and joint problems. Exercising regularly has shown to boost your metabolism, which is responsible for chemical reactions that occur in your body.
Building a healthy heart
- Your heart is a muscle and just like the other muscles in your body, it should be worked out. The way to do it is by getting your heart pumping when you work out, especially as you perform cardiovascular exercises such as running, walking, swimming or biking. Start slow, and build up over time.
Prior to Exercise
- If you are returning to exercise, please see your doctor first. Pre-exercise screening is used to identify people with medical conditions that may put them at a higher risk of experiencing a health problem during physical activity. It is a filter or ‘safety net’ to help decide if the potential benefits of exercise outweigh the risks for you.
- Many people with achondroplasia and similar condition have a kyphosis or scoliosis of their spine. Constant shock to the back can cause damage to this area. Additionally, Short Statured are at a higher risk for spinal stenosis, which is a pinching of the spinal column caused by having restricted room within the vertebrae for the spinal column to pass through. You should be mindful when considering to partake in High impact sports, sports that place the neck or spine in venerable positions, and or lifting weights.