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Overcoming the challenges of keeping active with a disability

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A variety of challenges make it difficult or impossible for many people with disabilities to achieve optimal health and wellness. These challenges may be due to the environment or personal attitudes, and act as barriers to prevent them from adopting a healthy and active lifestyle.


Learn to identify and overcome these challenges, so you can take action and keep active.

Unsure how to start
Upon making the decision to start being active, you may be surprised at the number of people willing to help you.

Consult your doctor before embarking on any sort of physical programme. Your doctor can assist you in slowly making changes to your lifestyle and may even recommend exercises or fitness programmes that are suitable for you.

Fatigue
Going about daily activities with a disability can be tiring and the thought of adding on to that exhaustion may be enough for you to give up on the idea altogether. However, you will likely realize that the more active you are, the more invigorated you’ll feel in the long run.

For a start, schedule your exercise for times when you feel the most active and fresh, usually at the beginning of the day. Ensure that you are getting enough sleep, so that you will feel refreshed the next morning. Improving your diet can also help because eating healthy food can boost your energy levels, aiding you in your quest to keep fit.  

Lack of confidence or motivation
Starting to get active may seem daunting especially if you’ve been inactive for quite some time. To build confidence, try joining a community that organizes activities or sports for people with similar disabilities. This way, you will find motivation and encouragement from your peers and someone to share your pursuit in keeping active with. You are also more likely to commit to regular physical activity if you do it with people whom you enjoy spending time with.

Fear of injury    
Remember to always exercise caution when carrying out any physical activity. Choose the right exercise that suits your physical ability and strength. If you follow the guidelines and exercise in a safe manner, the chances of you sustaining any injury will be low.

An important point to take note is if you feel unwell when doing exercise, slow down or take a rest. Should the condition persist, consult your physician for the sake of safety.
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