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Living Well With Your Disability

Living with a disability can be difficult at times but maintaining a healthy body and mind will make a positive difference to your life. One of the keys to unlocking a healthy body and mind is exercise.

It is important to get exercise in any way that you can. Not only is it good for your body it is also good for your mind too. When you exercise, your body releases happy chemicals. This helps to reduce depression and anxiety whilst also improving sleep.

Start small. When exercising it is important not to get too carried away, especially when you begin. The best thing to do is start small and build up from there so you don’t risk getting injured or discouraged and stop.

Be creative. Instead of dwelling on the activities you can’t do, focus on finding what you can do. Even if you have limited mobility, thinking outside of the box can help you to find ways to exercise in most cases.

Listen to your body. Do not push the boundaries of what you know your body can handle. Exercise should not be painful, and you should never feel dizzy, short of breath, develop chest pain or pressure or break out in a cold sweat.

Do not compare yourself to others. Everyone is different and works to a different pace, even those with similar disabilities. You must also not be tempted to compare yourself to where you were pre-disability.

To find out more the NHS offers advice on getting active when you have a disability. You can check out their advice here.

*Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise regime.

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