You’re in competition with yourself when it comes to achieving various things. You may want to achieve something someone else has, or just to improve your health in some way. Ultimately you can only do what you are capable of.
This post focuses on how to get fitter, or how to improve your health in some way if you’re permanently ill or disabled. Every disability is different. What will be discussed does in principle apply to all of us, whether we’re fit and healthy, or not.
What you’re capable of is limited by how much you practise, learn, work on your diet and fitness, and fine tune your skills. For most things, health is paramount. The better we feel and can perform, the more likely it is that our goals will be reached.
Before any of the above becomes possible, you need to have a good reason for accomplishing a specific target. This will put you in the right frame of mind. The reason acts as the fuel for crushing your obstacles until you’ve accomplished your goal.
Depending by when you plan to be fitter, stronger, more flexible, able to walk without using a cane, get up from a chair without using any props, walk up a set of stairs with ease, or other, determines how much effort you need to invest into making this a reality.
Only you know how you feel, and that determines how you go about improving your health. There are no set exercise routines, that suit two individuals with similar disabilities or permanent illnesses. Every disability is different. Therefore, you’re in competition with yourself, not with anyone else.
It can be motivating to try to achieve what someone else has managed to achieve with their condition. However, stop comparing yourself to others, our bodies work differently. Even small physical improvements can mean big positive changes.
You may need to first strengthen specific muscles before stair climbing practice can begin. To climb stairs properly the hips need to remain steady, thighs need to be strong enough to lift the foot properly onto the next step, and the feet and ankles need to support the entire body without tilting sideways, so giving you a firm base. Use your stronger leg as the leading one. Your entire core is engaged when climbing stairs.
It may take a while to prepare your physique for stair climbing. Stair climbing looks easy, and can be when you are properly prepared. Some unfit individuals who are otherwise healthy find stair climbing challenging.
As every disability is different, you’re in competition with yourself. Just because it may seem easy for someone, it is important to remember that we’re all unique. Keep your spirits up always, and never give up!
Any physical improvement serves as an inspiration. Every day may not reveal new successes. Don’t let this put you off. We’re not machines. It takes time for the body to get used to anything new.
There are many reasons why some days can be disappointing. Typically, lack of sleep can affect your performance, as can a cold, both of which we all occasionally suffer from.
You’re in competition with yourself when you are trying to gain physical improvements of any kind. It is challenging to be accountable to oneself. Reaching a target demands determination and a strong will. As every disability is different and we are all unique, an exercise routine that you can follow needs to be established. Success is the sum of small efforts.