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The Struggle of getting fit for people with disability
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The Struggle of getting fit for people with disability

Getting fit and healthy is a core wish and goal for many people. Exercising regularly, staying fit and strong, it gives us many benefits. First of all, let’s be honest here – you will look better. More muscle, less fat, it all comes about from working out. Running gets you nicer, toned legs, lifting weights gets you bigger, and exercise, in general, gets you leaner. Then, the simple fact of you being healthier in every way. Regular exercise has been shown, time and time again, to reduce inflammation, to reduce pain, to improve your mood, to strengthen your immune system, and to make you healthier. Its mental health and mood benefits are not to be ignored as well. However, when you have a disability, things aren’t so rosy.

Namely, depending on your disability, you might have to face certain challenges when it comes to actually get fit. These challenges can vary to a great degree depending on the type of disability you have, as well as how you react to it, what your means are, and your opportunities. In the article below, we will delve somewhat into what makes getting fit so difficult for people struggling with a disability, as well as how you can change things up and make the most out of your situation.

Types of disability

Know, the core problem that will influence how you get fit, and whether you can do it, is the degree of disability you have. You need to start here and see what you can do with what you got, and where it can lead you. 

Now, ranking disability difficulties are simply unfair, and are not part of this article. What we are merely pointing towards is the clear difference in options, means, and capabilities that you can achieve and execute when it comes to your disability. 

To be bluntly obvious, a person in a wheelchair will much prefer doing swimming exercises and upper bodywork. An individual with vision impairment might need to have special facilities or assistance when it comes to their workouts. An individual with severe levels of paralysis or disability might need to eschew exercising completely but can still get fit through a healthy and nutritious diet.

And on the emotional and developmental front, one must also think about what you can and can’t do. Namely, does a person on the autism spectrum need to be accompanied by an aide or doctor, or can he or she handle her workout alone? What about people suffering from Down syndrome, or some other problem?

Do some research

First things first – do some research. Talk to your local organization, see if there are any specialized clinics, programs, or teams dedicated to activities that go well with your disability, with your own type of problems and issues.

 For example, if you are suffering from multiple sclerosis, maybe your local MS society organizes special groups and events that might help you have some fun and get some exercise. Do your research, maybe you can find accessible gyms or even a Paralympic organization.

Then, you can also make things easier with your food. You have companies that can help you get the best healthy meals delivered right at your doorstep. This means you won’t have to rely on others to prepare healthy food and meals in case you can’t do it yourself.

Do the best you can

Doing the best you can, every day, even if it isn’t much, can lead to amazing results, and life-changing improvement. It’s always the little things – they always add up, and trust us, they add up big time. A simple thing as changing up your habits, having your routine become part of your everyday life can bring about serious change and improvements.

So, if you can, try to walk as much as you can from one area to the next. Instead of driving around everywhere, why not get out a bit earlier and simply walk around. Maybe try to move about, to get as much exercise in as possible. It’s all about movement.

What we are getting at here is simply – get as much activity in your day as possible, no matter how inconsequential it may seem.

Don’t neglect your diet

Now, in case you simply can’t exercise, if you don’t have the ability, the choice, or the options, you can still do some things to get yourself healthy. Namely, we are talking about focusing on your diet.

Try to keep your diet as clean as possible. Stick to a lot of leafy greens, lots of vegetables, lean protein, and low fat. Avoid sugar and sugary drinks at all costs, maybe take them out of your diet completely if you can. Try to get as much water in you as possible, as well as avoid processed foods, and foods high in sodium and fat. 

Junk food should be minimized, and maybe not even eaten at all. If you are forced to eat outside, try to get used to healthy options, like a salad, or grilled chicken breast.

Conclusion

The struggle is real. There are many benefits to staying fit, it’s not just a buzzword. Being healthier, thinking better, thinking faster, being on the ball at all times, staying fit and healthy should be a core principle of most people. And yet, some people simply can’t do it. Individuals living with disabilities have the benefits of working everybody else does, and they might even need them more than others. And yet, due to the nature of their health condition, they might not be able to stay fit. However, there are some things they can try out.

A person living with a disability can work hard, can prepare a good program and stick to it. Even if you can’t work out, you can at least keep your diet clean and healthy. Get some structure, do your research, maybe there are some specialized clubs or activities in your area. Just don’t give out, don’t lose hope, and you will definitely find a way to improve your life. Photo Source

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