Whether it’s been since birth or happened later, the confinement to a wheelchair may leave any person upset, depressed and heavy.
Especially for those who had never priviously been in a wheelchair, when suddenly they are subjected to it, because of an accident, the speedy rise in their weight becomes a jolting cause of concern. The reason often being, that they carry on with the same eating habits as before, without realizing that now things have really changed for them, and their body doesn’t utilize all of the energy it once did.
They go on munching on their favorite snacks, sitting, only to get uncontrollably bigger size and experience numerous problems because of that. At a certain stage, the condition becomes seemingly irreversible. To not get trapped in such a condition, one should consider the initial weight-gain as an indication toward a wake-up call. They should start considering healthier forms of food, that are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber. This accompanies well a higher intake of water, which will prevent constipatation due to the high fiber foods, while keeping bowel movements smooth and regular. To be more proactive and sure about their diet, the individual should consult a good dietician, who could help plan their diet in a better way.
Along with a balanced diet, one can also exercise his or her way to being light while on wheels. This may sound a bit weird but it's true!
Exercising does not mean just few of aerobic strokes and stretches or strong push-ups. Exercises can also be done while sitting on the wheelchair, like weight-lifting for the arms, and other upper body exercises, which help burn lots of carbs while strengthening the body. If possible, with guidance, they can also indulge in sports activities. This will help keep the body fit and elevate the spirits, keeping you from depression, which can be another major factor behind weight gain.
Yes, depression may also cause weight gain, for it reduces the pace of general metabolism functions of the body. It is very possible for a wheelchair-bound person to slide into depression, therefore he or she should make sure they avoids it by actively and routinely exercising.
Enjoying frequent outings where you can spend quality time being close to nature. This helps a great deal. Nature plays a very strong role in our emotions, keeping the mind and spirit more stable. One can also go for meditation and regular counseling sessions.
Staying happily light in your wheelchair really matters, as it helps you keep "rolling Without Limits".