Tips for Better Fitness, Even with a Disability

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Better Fitness… Anytime

About 10 percent of the world’s population, or 650 million people, suffer from a disability. Regardless of physical or mental limitations, it is imperative that an individual has the highest level of health and wellness possible.

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The word is disability is an umbrella term, and it is a word that is used to describe a complex phenomenon.

Even those with the most severe limitations can find something they can do to promote better health.

Here are five things tips for better health for those with limitations.

Eat A Well-Balanced Diet

Eating a well-balanced diet is pretty much common sense for every person. However, it is important that people who have disabilities learn to eat what is best for them.

For instance, some may have gluten intolerance issues and irritable bowel. Learning to eat foods that won’t aggravate any other bodily problems makes life easier. Food is energy and eating things like spinach, kale, lots of protein, and fruits and veggies will only give the body the proper fuel it needs.

Get Moving

Even a person that is confined to a wheelchair must move. The body needs exercise. The smallest of exercises can have the biggest impacts.

Take for instance the Parkinson’s patient.

Studies show that when they ride a stationary bike or do other exercises the tremors nearly stop. The exercise raised the serotonin levels in the brain and can compact depression and anxiety too.

Get Plenty of Sleep

The body has many restorative processes that occur while sleeping and requires 6-8 hours on average, but some people may need more or less to function.

Getting plenty of sleep for one person might be 10 hours and for another maybe 6. Learn what works and what doesn’t, and get the level of sleep that brings refreshment to the body.

Accept the Disability

Many people struggle to accept their disability. This is especially true when the disability was sudden, like due to a car accident. Taking care of one’s mental health is just as important as taking care of the body.

Talk to a counselor or join a support group to help come to terms with what has happened. An SSDI lawyer can help get you legal help if necessary as well.

Sunshine and Fresh Air

There have been many studies done about the healing properties of fresh air. Those who stay inside all day will have lower levels of vitamin D and other key nutrients. Even if it is just rolling a wheelchair out on a porch, make sure to get at least 20 minutes of sunshine each day.

The fresh air can do wonders for anyone, but it can especially help those who have a disability.


Minimize stress levels and follow the aforementioned items can improve one’s life.

Don’t try to tackle the system alone either.

Coming to terms with a disability and fighting it right can help improve your life and keep you fit and healthy. It’s all about better fitness!

Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. For more information on general health check ups you should have, check with your doctor or dentist. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.
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