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Making Exercise Accessible When You Have a Hidden Disability

Jun-11-2024 | aging in place, Disability Care, Elderly Care, Senior Services,

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Remaining physically active is important for everyone’s overall health and well-being, and it’s especially critical for people with disabilities. The thing is, it can be hard to find a fitness regimen that works when you have a hidden disability. Whether you’re looking for practical things for staying fit in your daily life or ways to establish a healthy morning routine, these tips from Polish Care Services can help you get started.


Seek Help from the Experts


Seeking out a chiropractor if you have a hidden disability can offer numerous benefits and be a potential resource for improved wellness. Chiropractic care focuses on the alignment of the spine and nervous system, which can improve overall body function and reduce pain. For those with hidden disabilities, such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, or neurological disorders, chiropractic adjustments can enhance mobility, decrease discomfort, and promote a sense of well-being. Additionally, chiropractors often provide personalized treatment plans that address specific needs, offering a holistic approach to managing symptoms and improving quality of life. You can also seek non-medical assistance from the staff at Polish Care Services if there are disabilities that affect daily life and


Staying Fit in Daily Life


If going to the gym or joining a sports team is not a feasible or comfortable option for you, it doesn’t mean that exercise is out of the question. Cleveland Clinic suggests seeing how you can make your home more conducive to your fitness and health goals, whether that means creating a home gym, upgrading your kitchen, or planting a garden.


While it’s important that you know your limits, consider incorporating more movement into your daily routine, as well. Take the stairs more often, park your car further away from your destinations, run errands on foot whenever possible, and stand up and move around every hour if you have a sedentary job.


You could also try practicing yoga or doing chair exercises, which can help improve flexibility and mobility. Or you could take Fido your dog on more walks – just make sure you have a reliable harness to keep him (and others) safe!


Maintaining a Supportive Social Network


Having a good social network is important for anyone trying to establish a fitness routine. But when you have a hidden disability, it’s non-negotiable. Consider joining a sports team, online support group, or fitness class that caters to people with similar struggles. Fitbit notes that this can give you access to invaluable resources, advice, and companionship to aid your journey.


Having a hidden disability doesn’t have to limit your ability to exercise. Incorporate movement into your daily routine, put a morning routine in place, and surround yourself with supportive people. The key is to find what works best for you and your body and to challenge yourself (but not too much). Most importantly, remember to have fun and enjoy the process!


Polish Care Services provides high quality service, compassion and professionalism. Let us know if you have any questions!

Credit: June Duncan

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