The Importance of a Healthy Diet for the Disabled

It is important for everyone to have a healthy diet if they want to enjoy their life for longer. But for people with a disability it is even more important. In fact, you could say it is an essential part of their care and should be something that is a normal part of their lifestyle. Why? Disabled people usually have many more health problems than others.

If they have a diet filled with fast food or high sugar snacks they are even more likely than others to succumb to diseases such as diabetes and other problems. A poor diet will make them even more likely to become obese because they cannot move around and exercise to the same extent as other people, especially if they are wheelchair bound.

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5 Benefits of Sport for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities have a tough time of it, yet often they don’t realise it, especially if they were born with the disability. But those who lose limbs or vision through accidental injury as an adult will know what they are missing because they have experienced life without a disability. It is these people who find it more difficult to adjust to their new ‘normal’.  Playing a sport can help them in many ways.

  • It gives them something to look forward to. With a disability, many of the usual activities simply cannot be done so a lot is lost from their new life. With all the things that they now can’t do, it makes a big difference to find something they can not only do, but have fun with.

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3 Ways to Stay Healthy When You Have a Disability

When you have a disability such as a lost limb, vision problem or a disease that affects you physically it is all the more important to stay healthy. And sometimes it is extremely difficult to do the things you should in order to gain optimum health. All you can do is try your best and be guided by your doctor or health care professionals. Here are some of the ways you can stay healthy both physically, mentally and emotionally.

  • Physically: Get all the exercise you can with your type of disability. Whether you go to a gym, can swim in a pool, have some form of exercise aides in your home or depend on another person to help you exercise, it is vital to move your body in as many ways as possible to keep as fit as you can. If you don’t it will be very difficult to stay healthy and your muscles will just waste away until you can hardly move at all.

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Pilates for People with Disabilities

People with a disability are the most at risk of unhealthy weight gain and losing muscle tone, especially if they are wheelchair bound for most of the time. It is essential for them to have some kind of exercise to increase lung function and keep their cardiovascular system healthy. Pilates will not only keep them more flexible, give them more stamina and boost muscle strength; an added benefit of exercise is that it increases endorphins in the body and so makes you feel good rather than depressed, something that many disabled people struggle with.

Pilates is one form of exercise that many disabled people can take part in because it is low-impact. Developed by Joseph Pilates in the 20th century to help injured dancers and athletes recover their strength, the movements have been adapted from ballet, yoga and callisthenics. In the United States alone, over 11 million people practice Pilates.

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Fitness Ideas for People with a Disability

There are many ways a person with a disability can get fit, but what they can do depends on the level of disability and where it affects them. Here are some ideas to get fit for a wide variety of disability levels.

  • Swimming – people with only one limb can actually swim, as amazing as that seems, so swimming will suit many disabled people. It is an ideal way for them to get fit and train their bodies to make the best out of their remaining muscles. It also trains the heart and lungs to get fit.
  • Aqua-robics is also a good way to get fitter if swimming is not your thing. The water helps to support you and exercises can be done without putting too much pressure on painful areas.

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What Kind of Exercise is Best for Arthritics

Arthritis is a crippling disease and many sufferers find it difficult to move about due to their stiff and painful joints. Yet most health care professionals would agree that exercise and movement is good for those joints, helping the sufferer to remain mobile and active for as long as possible. However, there are some kinds of exercise that should not be done, because of the damage that can occur to joints that are already in poor condition.

Anything that jolts the joints should be avoided. This includes such things as running or even jogging, jumping, skipping and so on. If you land heavily on your feet in doing any exercise, avoid it. If it is your elbows, wrists or shoulders that are affected, anything that puts too much strain on these parts of the body should also be avoided. Rather, gentle exercise that includes a whole range of motions is far better. It stretches and strengthens the muscles surrounding the joint so more support is provided.

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Disability and Your Health

Most physically disabled people realise the need to stay as fit as possible in order to get the most out of life. Fitness often equals health when you have a disability. That is not to say disabled people are not naturally healthy, but it is easier for them to suffer from certain health problems, once they become disabled.

For instance, having to sit for hours in a wheelchair can cause pressure sores, swollen feet and other problems. You will have to work really hard to keep yourself fit in order to prevent these problems. But there is more to it than meets the eye. Being healthy is not just a physical thing; it is also a mental and emotional one.

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Benefits of Cosmetic Surgery for People with Disabilities

Many people undergo various types of cosmetic surgery to improve their looks in some way. It could be breast augmentation, liposuction or something as simple as a Botox injection or dermal fillers to get rid of wrinkles and make them look younger.

Cosmetic surgery has many benefits and would surely help many people with disabilities. People with a physical disability are just the same as everyone else; it’s just that they are missing a limb. Those with a disease that makes them disabled are not all that much different except that they may find it difficult to express themselves clearly, walk properly or do many of the things we take for granted.

Cosmetic surgery is not all about looking more youthful. In fact, it has been given this reputation by the many film stars and singers that pursue perfection of looks to the utmost – often at great cost. Disabled people often suffer a stigma that their disability makes them different from everyone else – to their detriment.  Their concerns are much more likely to be trying to look like the average person in order to become more accepted in society.

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Should People with a Disability Play Sport?

As we have seen when watching the Paralympics, people with disability certainly can play sport and so, of course they should. In fact, this is one of the things they can do that they not only gets them out of the house, but is beneficial to them both physically and mentally.

Once they are focussed on what they can do – playing the game – instead of what they can’t do, they find their self esteem shoots up and their enjoyment of life increases exponentially. And if they win what a great way to celebrate being alive. If you’ve even pondered this question, you only have to watch the winners of gold medals to know what a great thing it is for them to play sport.

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Staying Fit with a Disability

Anyone with a disability will know the importance of staying fit. The less you have to work with, the more important it is for it to be fit.  For instance, if you have one leg, it will have to work twice as hard, so if you allow it to become unfit, your ability to move around will be reduced even more. That’s not to say the effort to stay – or get – fit is easy. But it can be done, as many amazing Paralympians will testify to.

Your choice of ways to stay fit will essentially need to depend on your disability. Some disabled people cannot move from a wheelchair, but this doesn’t preclude them from partaking in some kind of exercise. You just have to find something you can do, and there will be help available from physiotherapists and occupational therapists as well as friends and family who will help and cheer you on.

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