Health & Wellness

Individuals With Disabilities and Being Fit for Life

How has being active and exercising helped your daily life? Let us know below!

People with disabilities especially need to heed the warnings more so than their able-bodied counterparts. For years now we’ve all read about the various physical and psychological benefits of physical activity, and many of us have vowed to start exercising next week, next month, or made it a New Year’s resolution.

However, with two out of three North Americans not physically active enough to benefit their health, according to a recent report by the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute, it’s clear that not too many have made it up from the couch. Yet, physical inactivity is far more serious than we think. According to Health Canada and the CDC; physical inactivity is the main cause of chronic disease, disability, and premature death.

Types of Exercise

For instance, one hour of moderate daily activity is necessary to achieve any long-term health benefits and can be done in as little as 10 minutes at a time. For Example, activities can include anything where movement is involved, such as walking, gardening, and even stretching and bending. They should become a regular and routine part of your day in order for them to reduce the risk of disease.

At Top Shape, we advise you to see a physician for a check-up before starting slowly and building up to accumulate 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity most days. According to experts, in order to get the most health benefits from physical activities, a variety of such activities and benefits of those activities should be chosen from the following three groups.

Types of Exercise

Endurance: Continuous activities that make you feel warm and breathe deeply.
Increase your energy
Improve your heart, lungs, and circulatory system

Flexibility: Gentle reaching, bending, and stretching.
Keep your muscles relaxes and joints mobile
Move more easily and be more agile

Strength and Balance: Resistance activities with bands, kettlebells, or any resistance including bodyweight exercises.
Improve balance and posture
Keep muscles and bones strong
Prevent bone loss

In conclusion, what is best about physical activity is that you’re never too old to start and whatever your age or activity level, the benefits will become apparent in a very short period of time. In as little as three months, those participating in some form of activity felt more energized, more relaxed, and better able to cope with stress.

Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

– Increased relaxation.
– Sleep better.
– Better physical and mental health.
– More energy.
– Movement with fewer aches and pains.
– Better posture and balance.
– Improved self-esteem.
– Weight maintenance.
– Stronger muscles and bones.
– Relaxation and reduced stress.
-For seniors, continued independent living.

Getting Started:

Build physical activity into your daily routine.
– Do the activities you are doing now, more often.
– Walk whenever and wherever you can.
– Start slowly with easy stretching.
– Move around frequently.
– Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
– Carry home the groceries.
– Find activities that you enjoy.
– Try out a class at a fitness center.

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