Individuals dealing with Cerebral Palsy often do not think of the swimming pool as being a place for wellness and relaxation. If you are dealing with Cerebral Palsy or know of someone, then you know that spasticity can create issues that become life changers.
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Just recently, I noticed kids are not into games that actually make them go out and spread a leg or run or do something that can count as physical activity. Ask any parent about what games do their kids love to play and you’ll get a list of PlayStation games or the games they download on their phones. Only a slight percentage of children these days, are actually a part of something which can be counted as physical activity. Although being physically active is essential for children in order to stimulate their growth in a healthy manner.
Overweight and obese Americans regularly experience various forms of discrimination in many social settings and even at the workplace. For instance, on average, obese men and women earn $2 and $4 less per hour respectively at the workplace compared to non-obese workers. Sadly, a weight-based stigma can have a negative impact on a person’s health, self-esteem, and performance at work or school. This notwithstanding, 154.7 million Americans aged 20 years and older are overweight or obese. Fortunately, you can fight obesity and maintain a healthy BMI by doing the following:
Becoming motivated to get into shape can be very challenging. However, it can be done if you are willing to make some changes in your life. All you have to do is find the right motivation. Each person is different so what motivates one person may not motivate another person. Consider trying a few of the following tips in order to find the motivation that you need to get into shape, and stay that way.
You spend so much time taking care of everyone around you… this February, Heart Awareness Month reminds you to take care of yourself, too. People with disabilities are at an increased risk for heart disease and with 735,000 people per year being diagnosed with this condition, it is clear that we have to be more proactive about the way we live and the way we eat. According to the Adventist University of Health Sciences Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, more people are passing away from heart disease than from all types of cancers combined. Most heart disease is entirely preventable with 34% of cases being avoidable by making these simple lifestyle changes:
Make no mistake – students with learning disabilities may be smarter, a lot smarter, than their peers. Does Einstein ring a bell? This theoretical physicist and arguably the smartest man who ever lived was dyslexic. So were Thomas Edison and Leonardo da Vinci before him.
The hassles and obligations of being an adult often make me wish that I was still a child growing up in my beautiful Puerto Rico. A wise educator once said: “It is not that men quit playing because they grow old but men grow old because they quit playing.” WOW – there is so much truth to that statement. It is not a coincidence that my favorite memories bring me back to a rural neighborhood of Puerto Rico: the streets, the school yard, and a nearby rundown basketball court with concrete floors, no nets, and rusty metal boards. In these places, I learned to play, to be active, to socialize, and to become a pretty good athlete. I like to tell people that I was a pretty good athlete since there is no way to refute my argument unless you do some extensive research. Let’s face it – nobody has time for that so just take my word for it.
Each year the pressure is on to make a change regarding health in January. It seems easy to say you want a change. However, making the commitment and keeping it, is a totally different outcome. In speaking with other aquatic professionals, the one thing that rings true is MOVE. Move forward into that change, mentally and physically. Create in you, a self-commitment, even if it is just one thing in your life you have changed. Here are some easy changes you can MOVE into:
Sticking to a workout routine is not just a must to lose excess weight or tone up after the festive season. It also gives you loads of extra benefits, both physically and mentally. Here are some that will make you dust off your gym subscription.
What you do just after a rigorous workout may be nearly as important as the workout itself. During a particularly strenuous workout you will have lost considerable water, burned up a large quantity of stored glycogen and broken down red blood cells and muscle tissue. You may feel great that you have accomplished your daily goal and exhilarated by the effort, but your body needs immediate attention.