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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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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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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