14 Disabled and Overweight
Something I notice a lot when I'm out and about on the street are people in wheelchairs that are pretty overweight. Now, before I get started in where I'm going with this article, I just want to say that I totally understand how and why that can happen. For many people with physical handicaps, there really isn't much that can be done about it. But for many more, there is and that's what I want to get on with here.
I know that it can seem like one of the hardest things to do, but getting some daily exercise when you're confined mostly to a wheelchair to get around is something you have to try and do. There are some good upper body exercises you can do as long as you have the use of your arms and I use light dumbbells and a routine that I've done for ages that keeps everything mobile and pretty strong. That means I have the upper body strength to wheel myself around most places and that in itself is a progressive benefit from doing the exercises. Propelling yourself in the chair is self-perpetuating exercise and the more you do it the more you can do it.
What this means is that I keep a pretty stable physical weight and I know some of my friends do likewise. Eating right is another really important part of it. Just because I can't walk doesn't mean I have to be self pitying about it and comfort eat every slice of pie and cream cake I come across! Same goes for easy meals. I never eat any of that crap that comes in a box from the store. I quit eating fast food hamburgers and fries and all that stuff years ago because it's poison to your system and makes you fat!
Another one of my spontaneous weight loss tips here is if you drink cans of soda, then stop it! Don't even drink diet soda cause you think its okay because there are artificial sweeteners and other stuff in that stuff that is far worse than the sugar in the regular cans. Don't get me started in the "dangers of aspartame" (google that phrase and see what you get!). Suffice it to say it will still indirectly make you gain weight. The best course of action is to quit soda altogether and that includes sports drinks, flavored drinks and juices with any additives in. Drink plain water instead or if you must have that fizz, then go for sparkling.
If you can get some regular physiotherapy on your legs that's good, or get some all body massage cause it works wonders! I don't pretend to have all the answers for everyone cause that just doesn't exist in one guy's head, or probably not in a lecture room full of brains. But I know what works for me and that much I can impart to whoever reads this. You can either take notice or ignore it. It's a free country, after all!
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