Working Around Your Workout: How to Get Fit Despite a Disability

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If you are facing a disability, you may find that staying healthy is a challenge. However, just because you are disabled, whether temporarily or permanently, does not mean that you cannot stay healthy and fit. You may have to be a little more creative, but there are many ways you can stay fit and healthy despite any disability that you may face. Try incorporating these ideas into your lifestyle to keep healthy even in the face of disability:

Eating the right foods

According to health experts, eating right is about 80 percent of fitness and health. If you eat the right kinds of food, and the right amount of foods, you will have a greater chance of maintaining a healthy weight without the need for exercise. Maintaining a healthy diet is essential for maintaining your entire physical and mental wellbeing. Eat a diet rich in a variety of protein sources, healthy carbohydrates, and many fruits and vegetables. Processed foods and diet foods can actually counteract healthy eating benefits. Avoid sugars, processed foods, and any chemical food sources for the greatest health. When possible, stick to natural sources of oils and fats and avoid highly processed oils, such as soybean and corn oils, for greatest benefit.

Drinking the right liquids

 

What you drink is as important as what you eat. If you drink a lot of sugary drinks, you will see weight gain, in most cases. You should drink plenty of water and liquids a day. Exact numbers are not important, but you should always drink to thirst. 6-8 glasses of water is plenty for most people. Avoid drinks that can conflict with medications, such as alcohol.

Exercise Ideas

Disabled persons may find that traditional exercises, such as running and lifting weights are impossible
in their current disabled state. However, there are many activities and exercises that a disabled person can do. One effective exercise that nearly all disabled persons can engage in is swimming. Even amputees can benefit from swimming on a regular basis. Some disabled persons may be able to still walk, lift weights, play tennis, or dance. Talk with your doctor about realistic exercise methods for your disability.

Maintaining a Positive Attitude

Your attitude toward life can also impact your entire physical and mental wellbeing. A poor attitude can actually lead to weight gain and other health problems. Try to maintain a positive outlook on life through therapy, doctor support, medications, and the companionship of friends and family. Engaging in good eating and exercise habits can also help you maintain a positive outlook on life.

If you have recently become disabled, there are many things to think about, such as getting your Beginners’ Guide to Social Security application. However, thinking about your physical health should always be a priority. You may be surprised at what you can do to stay healthy and well even while facing a disability. Whatever else you face, you can feel good knowing that you are making strides to improve your physical health along with your mental health.