Disability and Fitness (International Day for People with Disabilities)

Fitness is one important aspect of our life. It is said that people often relate fitness just to celebrities and models. Well, what do you do to ensure that you are fit and active? And if you
feel that fitness is primarily about climbing the tree, going on long runs, or playing football, then you are wrong. Fitness is about doing any physical activity or exercise every day.
When it comes to people with disabilities, fitness becomes even a more distant topic. How many times do you hear people talking about fitness and disability? Well, some of you do visit the gym to take pictures or Instagram stories; but PWDs hardly even think about that
too.
The point is, on this ‘International Day of People with Disabilities’ you need to think about your fitter version. Are you fit? And don’t take me wrong, but fitness has nothing to do with your disability. There are always ways that we can work on our fitness.
Since I am a person with vision impairment, people often told me to be careful about things, not to be too active with physical activities, and so on. But early in my life, I realized the importance of staying active. A few years ago, I started martial arts (Karate) and today I have five belts in Karate.
Furthermore, this year only, I ran my 1st 10KM Marathon and finished it in an incredible time.
Indeed, fitness has always been a companion for me.
Finally, recently I ventured into weight lifting too. Yes, I always wanted that my punches should be more powerful, and so I started weight lifting at home. With the guidance of my elder brother, I have developed a ‘Home-Gym, and I do workout 6-days a week, nearly 2
hours every morning. Daily, I wrap up my workout session even before I start my office work.
I always believe that my ways of learning things can be different, but it does not mean I will not do what I wish to learn. And fitness has been on my mind, and I suggest that everyone
should do some physical activity every day to stay fit. After all, if you cannot take care of your fitness, your body will not take care of you. And a bonus of workout is mental health too.
Now, if you are a wheelchair user, you can always try some exercise using your arms with a medicine ball. I have some wheelchair user acquaintances who use dumbbells to strengthen their arms. Similarly, if you cannot speak, hear, or see properly, it is okay; you can still do different exercises for your overall fitness. Whether triceps, calves, biceps, core, strength, or stamina,
we always have the options if we are willing to try.
We all can develop our ways of doing exercises and know what can threaten our disability.
As an example, I avoid pushup because I know that it threatens my eyes. Since I am a glaucoma patient, I feel stress when I do normal pushups, and hence, I have replaced pushups with wall-pushups, dumbbells, barbell-rod, curly-rod exercises.
So, all my friends with disabilities, let us be fitter than yesterday and keep ourselves in the best version. Once again, a Happy International Day for People with Disabilities to everyone.
Love and Smiles

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