Apt Fitness, Inc., a Florida not-for-profit corporation, 501(c)(3) public charity
What is Apt Fitness, Inc.?
Apt Fitness, Inc., is a Florida not for profit corporation, recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3), public charity. We are educators of physical fitness, wellness, and mindfulness. Our services include: personal training, walking programs, exercise solutions, and beauty services on a sliding fee scale to disadvantaged individuals affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit hyper activity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, and other cognitive and neurological conditions.
Fees are based on HUD income guidelines. Bring your official diagnosis from a licensed mental health professional to see if you are eligible to receive a discount on regularly priced exercise services. To qualify, you must be on the spectrum, diagnosed with one of the aforementioned conditions, or you must be a caregiver and/or loved on to someone who is diagnosed with one of the specified conditions. Contact us to see how you can qualify for exercise and fitness solutions at little to no cost.
In addition to personal training, barre instruction, and yoga, we also assist with understanding diet and meal choices. Meal planning on a tight budget is difficult when healthy foods are more costly. We can help you understand how to count calories and which food sources are optimal for healthy living, and we can demonstrate how to make foods more tasty with Vitamix.
Our focus is facilitating healthier choices to improve oxygen and blood circulation, stamina, strength, endurance, agility, and flexibility. If your goal is not to lose weight, we respect that.
Why is exercise important for autism and ADHD?
Exercise expends the energy of motor functioning affected by autism and ADHD. As such, symptoms tend to decrease. Several research studies have provided empirical evidence, supporting positive effects of exercise on persons with autism and ADHD. Additionally, regular exercise helps improve lipid profiles, decrease resting heart rate, decrease depression, increase cardiorespiratory endurance, and facilitate more efficient use of physiological energy systems.
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What is autism?
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (“NINDS”), autism spectrum disorder (“ASD”) pertains to “a group of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by repetitive and characteristic patterns of behavior and difficulties with social communication and interaction.”
What are symptoms or signs of ASD?
Symptoms and signs include, but are not limited to: over focus on certain objects; social impairment; communication difficulties; avoidance of eye contact; and insistence of consistent routine, activities, and/or environment.
What is attention deficit hyper activity disorder?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (“NIMH”), attention deficit hyper activity disorder (“ADHD”) “is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.”
What are symptoms or signs of ADHD?
Symptoms and signs include, but are not limited to: fidgeting; running, dashing, or climbing; inability to engage in activities quietly; constant motor functioning “as if driven by a motor” (NIMH), constant talking, and interrupting; inattention to details, careless mistakes; inattention to tasks, conversations, etc.; not following through on instructions or failure to complete tasks; rapid loss of focus, easily sidetracked.
What do autism and ADHD have in common?
Both autism and ADHD involve motor function overstimulation. Due to great patience required to care for persons with autism and ADHD, many often overlook simple therapies and modalities such as exercise. As such, these individuals may lack fitness and the confidence to engage in sports and physical activities.
Self-Esteem and Self-Efficacy:
Additional services include cognitive restructuring, life coaching, health coaching, makeup artistry, and photography. Our photographer and makeup artist offers a program to facilitate increasing self-esteem and self-efficacy. She offers cognitive restructuring and a makeup and photography session to those with low self-esteems. To qualify for a free makeup and photography session, contact your mental health provider. If you do not have one, there are a few in our network.
We will help you format your resume and match you with those in our network who are autists with hiring needs.
Education & Speaking Engagements
If you would like our certified fitness professional, in the greater Orlando, Florida, area, to speak at an engagement, please email us your request with details about the event.
Orange & Seminole Counties, Florida
Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Barre Instructor, Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hours