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Improving Your Fitness Helps Strengthen and Lengthen Your Life!
Strive to Maximize Your Fitness

Introduction: The Importance of Fitness
Having a disability is not the end of the world! Living your best life despite that disability involves doing whatever you can still do, to the best of your ability. Work at doing just that, and life gets easier.

However, ignore the importance of achieving and maintaining fitness, and you do so at your own risk.

Chronic diseases are the most common and costly of all health problems, but they are also the most preventable. In fact, four of today's most common health-damaging, but modifiable, behaviors — tobacco use, insufficient physical activity, poor eating habits, and excessive alcohol use — are responsible for much of today's increased rates of illness, disability, and premature death. These health-damaging behaviors are directly related to a host of chronic diseases.

According to the Physical Activity and Health Report released by the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD), benefits of a healthier lifestyle — including increased physical activity — are far-reaching and important. Since 1990, there has been a startling increase in chronic diseases such as Diabetes and a wide variety of cardiac problems.

Much of this chronic disease increase — perhaps even including your own "disability" — has been due to inadequate diet and lack of regular physical activity.

Improved physical fitness, achievable through diet and exercise, has numerous benefits. Being more fit will:
Reduce your risk of dying from heart disease;
Lower your chance of developing high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes;
Help maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints;
Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression;
Foster improvement in your moods and enhance your feeling of "well-being";

Help you to control your blood sugar and weight, develop more lean muscle, and reduce body fat.

Illustration: This woman builds stamina with regular aerobic exercise.
In this Resource Group, we discuss strategies that our staff members have personally tested and they have used to enhance their own fitness, as well as to improve their quality of life by controlling chronic disabling health conditions like Diabetes and Asthma, as well as various disabling cardiovascular conditions such as High Blood Pressure (to name just a few examples). We hope you will find this information useful. Be sure to check back often, because we plan to add more information and updates as our Staffers evaluate and "road-test" new programs.

In this Resource Group, we have also included the full-length documentary movie "Murderball" that proves that living with a disability doesn't have to be the "end of the world" ... even for a tetraplegic. Nominated for an Academy Award, the movie "Murderball" was described by one reviewer as: "An entertaining and gripping documentary that shows being confined to a wheelchair doesn't mean the fun has to end." We highly recommend this movie.

Now you can return to our Main Menu and choose which Section of the Fitness Resource Group you want to visit first; you can go watch "Murderball" (87 minutes) by clicking here, or you can choose one of the links below to begin improving your fitness in a specific area. Either way, it's your choice, and choice is what we're all about.
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