Better Habits For Better Health—Even (Or Especially) If You Have a Disability
Disabilities often prompt black and white thinking in regards to healthy living. Your health is already compromised, so why try?
Although understandable, this all or nothing thinking pattern ultimately destroys your health and happiness. Full health may be unattainable at this point, but the right habits can grant you more energy and vitality than you ever thought possible.
Avoid Sugar and Processed Carbs
Conflicting information makes it difficult to determine an appropriate daily diet. Researchers disagree heavily on the wisdom of various diets, but they almost universally agree that added sugars should be avoided whenever possible. The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 20 grams of sugar per day. Men should only consume 36 grams of sugar each day.
Move Your Body
Your disability may make it difficult to exercise as often as recommended, but in all likelihood, you have more options than you think. Consider joining an adapted athletic team or an aerobics class specifically designed to suit disabled individuals. Yoga may also prove useful for both physical and mental health; instructors will encourage you to adapt poses as needed for your personal health and comfort.
Maintain Social Connections
Research indicates that isolation can be even more harmful than a bad diet or minimal exercise. Reaching out can be tough when you’re disabled, but it’s absolutely imperative. Get involved in a support group, or spend time in whatever social settings are most accessible. Chat with friends and family members on the phone. Even online discussions can help you feel less alone. Small changes sometimes prove the most effective as you seek a healthier and happier lifestyle.
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