Recognising the profound benefits of a holistic approach to wellbeing, autism adults are on a journey to integrate fitness and nutrition into their daily lives as part of routine to create a step-by-step nurturing environment for overall individual wellbeing.
For adults with autism, physical exercise and a balanced diet are not just lifestyle choices; they are essential components of a therapeutic strategy that can help address some of the challenges associated with autism. Regular physical activity has been shown to alleviate stress, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve sleep patterns. Moreover, engaging in fitness routines can help enhance cognitive function, fine-tune motor skills, and promote a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.
At Goldcrest and Holland House, the approach to fitness is tailored to meet the unique needs and preferences of each resident. Recognising the sensory processing differences and the diverse range of interests among adults with autism, the homes offer a variety of physical activities. From trampolining sessions, walking, playing at the local park, and even playing a game of Twister. Together they take great joy in attending healthy lifestyle classes at Goole Sports Centre, learning more about health, nutrition and exercise.
Nutrition at Goldcrest and Holland House isn’t about stringent diets or calorie counting. Instead, it’s about educating residents on the value of nutrition and how it affects their body and mind. The homes encourage the residents to be part of the meal preparation process. This involvement not only fosters a sense of independence and skill development but also cultivates a deeper understanding of the importance of healthy eating.
Goldcrest and Holland House are not just addressing physical health but are also providing their residents with the tools to build a more structured, autonomous lifestyle. This comprehensive approach is crucial in supporting adults with autism to live fulfilling lives.
Holistic health of individuals with autism deserves attention, and by emphasising exercise and diet, these homes are setting a standard for care and support. The positive changes in the lives of their residents are a testament to the power of a balanced approach to health – one that combines physical activity, proper nutrition, and the joy of participation in a supportive community.