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:
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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:
Obesity is one of the most common problems in disabled persons. It has been seen that people with disabilities are more prone to obesity. Because they spend most of their time on wheel chairs, they get fewer opportunities to move themselves more like normal people. Due to this reason, they rapidly gain weight and consequently, experience excess weight-related health issues.
We all know that leafy greens are good for your diet, but their value has just been reinforced by a study that found a measurable decrease in glaucoma rates among those who ate a lot of them.(1) Today, we’re going to explore the impact of this finding – and, more importantly, how it can help you.
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.
It is interesting how we just came from being part of many year-end celebrations, yet January is considered celebration of life month. The celebration of the New Year is very much a reason to keep celebrating for the entire month of January. However, in regards to your life, there are many reasons to celebrate.
Managing your weight can be a difficult goal to obtain and keep. From counting calories to the numerous diets available to knowing which gym facility to join or what exercises to do, the options can be overwhelming for someone that just wants to get started. It is even more challenging for someone with a special medical need. You add a whole new layer of obstacles on top of what we already mentioned. Don’t be discouraged before you start, or even after you start, for that matter. Weight management is a long and hard journey that requires your soul, mind, and body but it will change your life. Before we start I advise you consult your physician concerning changes in your lifestyle that affect your meals and physical activity. Now, let’s begin!