Four Reasons Exercise Should Be Part of Daily Activities For Children Living With Cerebral Palsy


Are there common activities that your child could achieve with improvements, but living with cerebral palsy impedes on their ability to do so? 

Children living with cerebral palsy generally have reduced aerobic and anaerobic capacity and  less muscle mass and strength.

Important activities of daily living that may be affected include walking independently, running, moving safely on uneven surfaces and climbing stairs.

That is why an exercise training program will immensely improve your child’s abilities to perform these activities of daily living with more ease. 

Research has demonstrated improvements in the following areas for children living with cerebral palsy undergoing exercise training:

Improved aerobic capacity, muscular strength & endurance 

This can be seen with improved muscle mass leading to increased strength to be able to climb stairs, walk independently for longer periods and reduced need for mobility aids.

  • Better Mental health

Improved behavioural and emotional disorders have been evident in research, along with improved attention span. This leads to increased productivity and involvement in social activities.

  • Increased Social Participation

Increased interaction with peers and integration into the community. This sees the child interacting with peers more confidently in playgrounds, involvement in classroom activities and social sports.This transitions to more engagement in activities in their adulthood.

  • Reduced risk of developing respiratory and metabolic diseases

This includes commonly developing diseases such as obesity, diabetes and asthma which has a major impact on overall health.

A combination of aerobic exercises to improve physical fitness, resistance training to develop muscular strength and balance exercises to improve mobility and stability are recommended to improve walking independently, climbing stairs, running and improve daily functioning. Encouraging the development of physical activity habits in children will also help establish activity patterns that continue into adulthood!

Finding the right exercise expert to support your child in their health journey is important. Exercise physiologists are allied health professionals who are university qualified to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute and chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. 

If your child is a participant under the NDIS Plan, then Exercise For Life is here to support you! We are NDIS-registered and committed to bringing your family the best care.

If you are interested to learn more about our services and how we can help, contact us now on:

Phone: 9371 8563


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