Fitness Tips for Those Who Face Physical Challenges Every Day

August 7, 2023
Wheelchair basketball team with hands in the middle

Are you someone who faces physical challenges every day? Whether it’s
because of a disability or an illness, staying active and fit can be a real challenge.
But it’s not impossible! Healing Journey shares some tips to help you get started
on your fitness journey.

Learning Different Sports, Exercises, and Workouts

There are all sorts of sports, exercises, and workouts that people with disabilities
can enjoy. For example, Wheelchair Basketball Canada explains that wheelchair
basketball is a competitive sport
that can be played by people who use
wheelchairs. There are also adapted Physical Education classes available at
many schools. These classes offer modified versions of traditional exercises,
such as push-ups and sit-ups, that are specifically designed for people with
disabilities. And if you’re looking for something you can do on your own, there are
all sorts of accessible workout videos available online. Just do a quick search on
YouTube or Google and you’ll find plenty of options.

Knowing the Technology and Accessories That Can Help

There’s a lot of awesome technology and equipment out there that can help
people with disabilities stay active and healthy. For example, many treadmills
and ellipticals
now have special features that make them accessible for people
who use wheelchairs. There are also all sorts of adaptive bikes, trikes, and
scooters available that can help people with limited mobility get around. And don’t
forget about pool lifts! They can be a great way for people with disabilities to
enjoy swimming without having to worry about getting in and out of the pool.

Planning a Healthy Morning Routine

A healthy morning routine is vital to starting your day off right. If you spend your
mornings glued to social media, you’ll likely end up feeling anxious and stressed.
Instead, take some time for yourself: read a book, meditate, or spend time in
nature. Bowmont Health Clinic points out that eating a healthy breakfast is also
important; fuel your body with nutritious foods so you have the energy you need
to get through your day. And finally, avoid watching the morning news; too often,
it’s full of depressing stories that will only bring you down. Search for good news
instead, and start your day on a positive note.

Having a Positive Attitude

It’s also important to have a positive attitude when it comes to staying fit. This
means setting realistic goals and celebrating your accomplishments—no matter

how small they may be. It also means finding an activity or type of exercise that
you enjoy so that working out doesn’t feel like a chore. And if you have days
where you just don’t feel like being active, that’s OK! Just listen to your body and
take things at your own pace.

Having a Home Gym or Exercise Area

Having a designated place for exercise can also help you stay on track with your
fitness goals. If you have the space in your home, create an exercise area where
you can store all of your equipment and workout gear. If you don’t have a lot of
space or live in an apartment or condo, consider investing in some small pieces
of equipment that you can easily store away when not in use. Things like
dumbbells, resistance bands, yoga mats, and stability balls are all great options.

Keeping It Safe

Last but not least, it’s important to always put safety first when
exercising—regardless of whether or not you have a disability. This means
warming up before each workout and cooling down afterwards; wearing
comfortable clothing; drinking plenty of water; and listening to your body if
something doesn’t feel right. If you’re unsure about how to safely do something or
have questions about which exercises are best for you, be sure to speak with
your doctor or physical therapist first.

Whether you’re just starting your day or are already in the thick of it, there are
ways to work fitness into your routine. Even a few minutes of exercise can help
make your day more productive and positive. If you have any tips for staying
active and healthy, please share them in the comments below – we would love to
hear from you!

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