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Healthy New Year

Make 2015 your healthiest year yet by committing to one or more of these healthy resolutions.

Make 2015 your healthiest year yet by committing to one or more of these healthy resolutions.

The holidays are over and everyone is thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. This is a great time to start fresh and commit to making healthy decisions. According to research by the University of Scranton, only 8 percent of people who make a resolution actually keep them for the entire year. If you are still trying to think of a healthy resolution, we can help! The National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology believes that you can be one of those 8 percent and create healthy habits that stick all year long.

  1. Exercise regularly – Strength training, wheelchair yoga, and sports are great ways to stay fit and healthy. Not only does exercise tone your muscles, it also keeps your mind sharp and energy up!
  2. Kick bad habits – There are so many bad habits out there! Some of the main ones are smoking, drinking too much, excessive caffeine consumption, and improper use of both prescription and illegal drugs. There are different treatment options for each that can give you the support you need to make a positive change.
  3. Drink more water – Drink approximately eight glasses of water each day. Carbonated drinks don’t count! The amount of water that you drink should be determined by activity, humidity and age. We tend to drink less water in the winter but the air’s lower humidity can increase our risk for dehydration.
  4. Keep up with physicals – An annual physical is necessary for both you and your doctor to evaluate your overall health, go over medications, and prescribe any changes or tests. Preventative maintenance is just as important as treating a pre-existing condition.
  5. Keep up with CRT issues– Complex Rehab Technology products and services are needed by many individuals with significant disabilities and chronic medical conditions. The National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology is dedicated to making sure that these individuals have access to the appropriate support they need. If you would like to get involved in helping us gain both federal and state support, check out our website.

Choose your goal for 2015, and stick with it! The start to a new year is the perfect time to have a fresh start and develop healthier habits. We believe in you!

Wheelchair Fitness Routine

 

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Maintaining and building strength is important for your overall health

Fitness is a hot topic in our country right now. However, all the fitness trends and infomercials you see on television are all geared toward those with full mobility. Individuals who depend on wheelchairs or other mobility devices benefit from a fitness routine just as much as those who are not.

Developing a fitness routine can help you stave off medical conditions, obesity and decreased mobility. The key is to not jump in too fast. Instead, ease yourself into a new routine. Doing too much in the beginning is an easy way to injure yourself and can prevent you from working out for even longer. The following is a basic approach to starting an exercise program.

Start with a transitional phase; your body needs time to adjust to doing certain kinds of work again. Use only your bodyweight in doing simple, repetitive tasks, such as lifting your arms from the side of your body so they form a “T” with your torso. Be sure to put an emphasis on using the correct form as this helps build muscle strength and endurance while also preventing injuries.

After you are used to bodyweight exercises, you can begin using lighter free weights or a resistance band to begin to build and tone more muscle. Resistance bands and lighter free weights are relatively inexpensive, and medicine balls can be used for a variety of workouts. Be sure to leave a day of rest between your workouts and never work the same muscles two workouts in a row. Overworking muscles can cause fatigue and injury.

You should be able to see the benefit of these workouts because they should help build functional strength and lead to a healthier you.

The National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology is dedicated to ensuring that individuals with significant disabilities and chronic medical conditions have access to appropriate Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) products and related supporting services. Check out our website to see how you can get involved with helping us gain federal and state support.