People with autism spectrum disorder often follow super-regimented schedules where fitness issues tend to take a backseat. There are so many things to address in a person having autism—behavioral, social, communication, and cognitive issues—that physical fitness is often ignored.
Studies have revealed that those having autism are more prone to obesity. They may also suffer from motor clumsiness and low muscle tone. Weakness while moving hands and other limbs, and gait issues are fairly common among most people with autism. The problems become more obvious as the child enters the teen years and then become an adult. Parents and families of a big generation of individuals diagnosed of autism spectrum disorder in the mid-nineties or the early 2000s have suddenly begun to realize that their children are not active.
Experts recognize that it’s a problem when 15-17 year olds have no physical outlet. Its then aggressive and self-injurious behavior becomes difficult to handle.
Many autism fitness training programs focus on exercises that are different from regular gym activities, like carrying a sandbag across a room, so that hauling the laundry back at home becomes much easier. Exercises for individuals with autism involve stamina building and maintaining balance, like reaching for a box high up on the shelf.
Most physical training exercises in autism fitness training are nonconventional and are tailored to meet individual needs.