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Disability Health: Fitness - Nutrition Information

Disabled World: Revised/Updated: 2019/04/12

Synopsis: Information on good health, fitness, and nutrition for people with disabilities to help maintain strength, muscle mass, and healthy cardiovascular system. Nutrition is defined as the intake of food, considered in relation to the body's dietary needs. Exercise can lower blood pressure and reduce stress levels.

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In the age which we live there is an unprecedented focus on getting and staying healthy. As more and more research points to the effect of fitness and nutrition on our overall health, the findings become more difficult to ignore. There is no doubt that the food that we eat and the physical activity that we perform significantly impact our weight and our body's overall health and longevity.

Nutrition is defined as the intake of food, considered in relation to the body's dietary needs.

  • Good nutrition - an adequate, well balanced diet combined with regular physical activity - is a cornerstone of good health.
  • Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity.

The diet of an organism is what it eats, which is largely determined by the availability, processing and palatability of foods. A healthy diet includes preparation of food and storage methods that preserve nutrients from oxidation, heat or leaching, and that reduce risk of food-born illnesses.

Diet and nutrition refers to the intake of food and nourishment for the growth and maintenance of the body. Dietitians or nutritionists consider a diet as a balanced meal that contains appropriate portions of all nutrients.

  • A good diet helps a person to maintain good health.
  • Fitness is the overall well being of the human body.
  • Diet and nutrition are therefore an important part of fitness.

The escalating rate of workplace disabilities is causing businesses and consumers alike to revisit how they handle stress and health issues.

High stress, lack of exercise and other factors exacerbated by an aging U.S. workforce are contributing to an increase in the numbers of individuals receiving long-term disability payments each year, according to a new study from the Council for Disability Awareness.

Fitness and Nutrition Equal Good Health

When we keep our bodies active through a consistent exercise program, we are adding to our body's ability to metabolize food and keep weight down. Further, good fitness means strong and limber muscles and a strong cardiovascular system. Exercise also lowers blood pressure and reduces stress levels.

A wide variety of colorful nutritious food on display table - Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash
A wide variety of colorful nutritious food on display table - Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash

When you look at fitness and nutrition and the consequences of ignoring their importance, it is not difficult to see how large a role they play in our health. First and foremost, it is important to understand how powerfully diet can affect us. Natural, whole foods - such as fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins - give our bodies the vitamins that it needs to function effectively. We have energy when we eat right. And when we have energy we burn fat. Eating properly allows us to maintain a healthy weight and keep undue stress off of our heart; it also allows us to keep our blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the healthy range. Most importantly, good nutrition keeps our bodies stocked with antioxidants that fight off a range of illnesses including cancer.

Regular exercise is one of the requirements necessary to address health and fitness issues. The types of exercises that will improve and strengthen the heart muscles are highly recommended.

If you spend long hours in a wheelchair you know it can lead to uneasiness and be very uncomfortable, which is true for anyone who is disabled. Keeping the body moving as much as possible in your wheelchair should be a regular part of your daily fitness program. This should be a priority no matter what your disability. Doing regular wheelchair exercise will help you increase your strength, flexibility, improve your mobility, strengthen your heart and lungs, and help you control your weight.

Keep Body Moving

  • Burn your excess fat and calories.
  • Mental stimulation and exercise can be incorporated to keep you mind sharp and sound.
  • Challenge your mind to grow, expand, learn, explore, decipher, and experience.
  • Meditation can reduce stress, heart rate, and blood pressure.

Researchers studied 370 member of a runners club for people aged 50 years and older, and 249 community members who did not belong to the running club. They were between 50 and 72 years of age at the start of the 13-year study. The runners had far lower death rates, which was expected, and far less disability, such as osteoarthritis, which is impressive.

Basic Nutrition Facts

  • Adding Sugar is a Disaster.
  • Unprocessed Food is Healthiest.
  • There is no Perfect Diet For Everyone.
  • Refined Carbohydrates are Bad For You.
  • Eating Vegetables Will Improve Your Health.
  • It is Critical to Avoid Vitamin D Deficiency.
  • Supplements Can Never Fully Replace Real Foods.
  • "Diets" Don't Work, a Lifestyle Change is Necessary.
  • Omega-3 Fats Are Crucial and Most People Don't Get Enough.
  • Artificial Trans Fats Are Very Unhealthy and Should be Avoided.



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