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Activity and Down’s Syndrome

Being active is really important for everyone’s health, but can be especially for people with Down’s syndrome. Down’s syndrome is a genetic condition that affects both physical and intellectual development. But the good news is that physical activity can really help with some of the physical symptoms of the condition.

Down's syndrome gymnastics class

Physically, people with Down’s syndrome may have low muscle tone, which can make it harder for them to move around or maintain good posture. They may also have joint laxity, which means their joints are more flexible than usual and can sometimes be unstable. This can cause problems with coordination, balance, and mobility. Individuals with Down’s syndrome may also have a higher risk of becoming overweight or developing obesity due to differences in their metabolism and appetite.


These physical characteristics can sometimes make it more difficult for individuals with Down’s syndrome to engage in physical activities. However, with adaptations, support, and encouragement, individuals with Down’s syndrome can still participate in a variety of activities and reap the many benefits of regular physical activity.


Plus, being active can support good mental health. It can help reduce stress and anxiety, and improve memory and focus. This is especially important for people with Down’s syndrome who might have a hard time with social and emotional challenges.

walking in the countryside

So, if you have Down’s Syndrome, how can you be more active?

  • Mix it up: There are lots of different ways to be active, and trying different things can help you find what you really enjoy. Swimming, dancing, or playing a team sport are all great options.


  • Make it work for you: Sometimes, you might need to change the way you do an activity to make it work for you. For example, you might need different equipment or need to take things more slowly. That’s okay! Everyone’s different and it’s important to find what works for you.


  • Have fun with it: Being active shouldn’t feel like a chore. Try doing things with friends, or find a class or group that makes you smile.


  • Get support: Sometimes, it helps to have someone cheering you on. Ask a friend or family member to join you for an activity, or see if there are any groups or classes in your community.


  • Celebrate your progress: Being active can be tough sometimes, but it’s worth it! Set goals for yourself and celebrate when you reach them. Even if it’s a small step forward, it’s still progress!

Downs Syndrome fitness class

Being active is important for everyone’s health, and there are lots of ways to make it fun and enjoyable.

With a little support and encouragement, everyone can find their own way to be more active.