submitted by Felicia Rodriguez, CTRS of The Children's Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies on April 27, 2009
Size of Group: any size
Objective: To provide low impact physical exercise
- Sit in chair, take three deep breaths, lifting arms above head for inhale and down for exhale each time
- Reach one hand toward ceiling, hold for 5 seconds. Repeat with the opposite hand
- Relax your shoulders
- Shrug your shoulders 5 times
- Stretch arms to the sides, move in circles-10 times forwards, then 10 times backwards
- Relax your shoulders
- Place your hands on your shoulders and roll them forward 10 times, then backwards 10 times
- Keeping your shoulders relaxed and hands on your shoulders, touch your elbows together 10 times
- Reach both hands toward the ceiling, lean to the right and hold for 10 seconds. Then lean to the left and hold for 10 seconds, repeat
- Take three deep breaths
- Relax your shoulders, lean head to right shoulder, hold for 5 counts, then left shoulder
- Move your hand down your leg reaching toward your foot, and back up again. Repeat 5 times, switch to opposite leg
- Place your hands on your thighs, keep your back straight and lean forward and hold for 5 counts and back 5 times
- Stamp your feet 10 times
- Wiggle your toes for 10 counts
- Place your feet flat on the floor. Point your toes up toward the ceiling, hold for 5 counts. Repeat 5 times
- Lift your knees one at a time holding for 5 counts. Repeat 5 times each.
- Bend at waist, reaching hand to opposite toe. Hold for 5 counts. Repeat with opposite, hand 5 times.
- Wiggle your fingers for 10 counts
- Place hand on opposite knee and turn to look behind you, hold for 5 counts, repeat other side
- Cool down by taking three deep breaths, lifting arms above head for inhale and down for exhale each time
- Give yourself a hug and hold for 5 counts
Inflatable Soccer Ball
J.Hill - Giles of Lovingston
Healthcare Center on
July 08, 2005
Equipment: Giant inflatable Soccer ball can be purchased at
Toys'R Us for about $6.00 also comes with the goals that are
inflatable for about $16.00.This was a great find and alot
more fun than we expected.
Objective: upper and lower extremity strenght and movement
, stimulates the mind and body also aides in the prevention
Description: place wheel chairs / chairs in a circle filling
in the empty spaces so the ball is not able to get out of the
circle. start off with a warm up tossing the ball to each participant
to hit back to you then see who is actually able to catch the
ball; the ball is so big that it is kinda hard to catch but
it is also soft; (its made just like a beach ball except it
is probably 4x the size of a beach ball,it has a soft cover
on it that looks like a soccer ball.)Then put the ball on the
f l oor and kick towards a participant then they kick it and
so on. The size of the ball makes it really easy for the elderly
to kick.You'll be surprised that even participants that you
thought wouldn't respond will. We have a blast, and are looking
at purchasing the basketball, baseball so the fun never stops.
Submitted by Jessica Dillon of Center for the Disabled on May
Equipment: Scarves or ribbons on sticks, taped background
music (such as classical music), and your creativity!
Objective: To increase overall body awareness, gross motor
skills, and self expression.
Description: ***This is an activity that was used successfully
with disabled adults.***
Begin this activity by having the group wave/move their scarves
or ribbons all around their bodies, such as over head, behind
or in front of the body, to the side, and (bending) to the
floor, as a warm-up. (2 min.)
Ask the group to think about what happens during the spring
time. Mention the weather (sunshine, rain, wind), and growth
(plants/flowers). Suggest that you would like to try to express
these changes through movement with your scarf or ribbon
sticks. (2 min.)
Start with sunshine as you direct each person to wave their
scarves in an arch overhead, side to side. Repeat.
Transition to wind, waving your scarf wildly in big, gusting
movements all over and around your body. Repeat.
Add rain by starting up high and 'sprinkling' your way to
the floor. Repeat. Try light and heavy rain.
Finish with plants 'sprouting' up out of the ground. Try
little ones (short)like grass or clover, and then really
tall ones, like sun flowers, that seem to 'jump' into the
air as they grow.
For more fun, after going through these in practice, sequence
the movements into one flowing movement (performing each
only once and then moving directly to the next), or ask the
group to lead you through the moves without speaking (promting).
At the end of the group, be sure to ask the group what other
things they think about when remembering spring. Put those
thoughts into motion and have the group mirror each individual's
by Seth Bittner of Action Karate on October 06, 2004
Objective: Warm up for physical activity. Also works on cognitive
skills and memory recall.
activity is a basic exercise but works well for getting the
group excited for events to come and gets them
physically warmed up. Jogging in place, the leader will take
the group through an imaginary trip. I use this at my karate
studio with kids between the ages of 3-9 but can be adapted
to any age. I use scenarios such as a jog through the jungle
or a jog to the candy store. This is a great exercise because
it can change every time that you do the exercise. While jogging,
I will call out a verbal cue to do a certain physical activity.
Examples are when I say log, we pretend that we jump over a
log, and jump as high as possible. When I say duck, we pretend
that we duck under a branch. You can use any physical activity
that you choose, just use your imagination to tie it into the
story. Other examples of verbal cues/physical exercise can
be when leader says bear, the group will run as fast as possible
pretending to run from a bear. When the leader says lake, the
group drops down on the floor and pretends to swim across
the lake. When the leader says bee, the group does jumping
jacks pretending to swat bees away from them. The only limit
that you have is your imagination. Have the group come up with
their own. You will be surprised with what kind of ideas that
they will have.
submitted by Trudy Hamilton on Friday,
December 26, 2003 popercise
wrap of various sizes, music
activity provides lots of fun at different levels of function.
enough area of activity room to lay bubble wrap on the floor.
have music on and let residents dance, walk, or jump on the
bubble wrap to the beat of the music. you can use the smaller
bubble wrap for residents that are unaable to walk/stand and
have them pop as many at one time. have them start to twist
the bubble wrap at one end and the activity director twist at
the other end. lots of fun!
submitted by crystal horne on October
Size: 10 with
at least 2 care aides
chairs and 1 ball preferably a beach ball.
exercise for the arms and legs,eye and hand coordination. and
social activity. good to prevent agitation.
chairs in a close circle have residents seated. place ball in
center and have them kick or hit the ball to other residents.
this will keep them socially and mentally alert.p.s. walkers,
ones in wheelchairs, can participate.
submitted by Theresa Zaffini of Pine Knoll
Convalescent Center on Monday, January 7, 2002
Size: 30-45 people
on the topic, ex. Exercises for a day on the farm: animal sound
tape, pitch fork(which can be made)
activity provides visual, tactile, and physical stimulation
it is both for the high functioning and the low functioning
day we plan a new topic for the next day and we make props that
fit the ideas. We have a very large room and we sit the residents
in a circle remove their restraints and we have 1 activity progessional
and 1 rehab aide in the group. A residents sits in the center
and tells the story of the activity and the different movements
he expects the residents to do. The staff in the room provide
1:1 interaction to be sure that all residents are actively involved.
It stimulates the mind as well as the 4 extremities. The residents
enjoy looking forward to something different each day. For example:
A day on the farm:
1. Everyone would get a straw hat
2. We would play music with animal sounds like "Down on
3. They pitch Hay
4. Milk the cow
5. brush the horse
6. plant seeds
submitted by Debbie
of Western Prairie Care Home on 12-12-98
Size: 3 - 20
Equipment: A super sized beach ball, or two
depending on group size. One or more leaders, depending on group
Objective: Stimulates mind, and body
good exercise for arms and legs
Description: People/residents/patients are
seated in a circle with leader standing in the center of the
circle. The beach ball is tossed to participants, one
by one and they HIT the ball back. Each person hits 5
times..then ball is tossed to the next person. Once around
the circle, the ball is then ROLLED and residents KICK the ball
back. Make this a fun activity and they will come back
Fitness Mile Lap Swim for Special Populations
submitted by Debra Corwith-Frieden,
Presidential Fitness Mile Lap Swim for Special Populations,
3539 Ada Vista, Uniontown, Ohio 44685
Size: depends on # of volunteers: any
Equipment: Pool facility,
Objective: Earn a Presidential
Sports Award in Swimming, improve cardiovascular system, experience
esteem/sense of personal achievement, develop independent aquatic
skills, friendships, increase range of motion, directionality,
social skills, community involvement, participate in other aquatic
events (i.e. Special Olympics etc.)
Description: Over a four
month period, perform 72 independent swim laps (one mile), primarily
free style, but alternation of stroke is OK. Swim for a minimum
of 1/2 but no longer than one hour, once or twice a week.
Send for Presidential Sports Award
Personal Fitness Log by writing
Presidential Sports Award
Amateur Athletic Union
c/o Walt Disney World Resort
PO BOX 10000
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000
Submitted by Sherri Read of Ridge Meadows
Size of Group: 6-12
Equipment: graduated music
(slowly begins - quickens - relaxation) pool "noodles"
Objective: increased mobility,
flexibility, range of motion fun and enjoyment experience of
Description: We use several
different pieces of exercise equipment. For example: bean
bags, beach balls, exercise balls, therabands, etc. But the
one piece of equipment that our residents really enjoy is using
"pool noodles". These are actually long, fluorescent
sponge-like tubes used as flotation devices in swimming pools.
They are brightly colored, lightweight, flexible, and very durable.
It seems that we are able to increase
range of motion when we use the noodles as the participants
try to reach a little higher, and stretch a little further.
There are many exercises that
you can incorporate with the pool noodles. Your only limitation
is your imagination!
Precaution Note: Be aware
of client limitations... exercise should not hurt and if clients
are voicing pain, they may be exceeding their limit.
(Name of Facility)
Walks across America!
Submitted by Sue Pollock of Havenwood-Heritage
Equipment: Mapped out area
of specific distance
Objective: To facilitate
independent walking or self-propel in wheelchair teamwork, socialization
Description: Place a large
United States Map in a central location. Residents are encouraged
to walk daily and to keep track of their distance. For example
10 times up and down the hallway or around the loop equals 1/2
mile etc. Then 1x weekly you tally the mileage and start keeping
track on the map! It is great fun to discuss destinations,stop
overs in different cities, you can even show some travelogues
to go along with your "walk"! A big party can conclude
the event when you reach the other side of the country!
Prizes can be awarded for the most
miles contributed! (new sneakers??)