Limited Mobility? Do These 3 Things to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Having limited mobility can sometimes mean different things to different people. Most of the time, we think of someone who has a physical disability. But limited mobility also applies to someone who may have a temporary disability or post-injury leaving them with a limited range of mobility. Also, the majority of the time, we think of someone who loses the ability to walk or use their legs. Again, through a disability or injury. Even if you injure something other than your legs—be it your spine, shoulder, arm—this can lead to limited mobility.

Especially if you currently live a healthy lifestyle, the biggest fear is you’re going to lose everything you worked for now that you can’t do the things you did before.

I’m here to give you the awesome news that this simply isn’t true!

The Reality of Limited Mobility

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I’ve personally broken bones approximately 70 different times throughout my life. You see, I was born with a physical disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Say that five times fast! In terms everyone can understand, it means Brittle Bones. I used a wheelchair as a kid, moved onto crutches in my late teens, and actually took my first unassisted steps when I was 24 years old! So, yeah, I know about having limited mobility.

Beyond my disability, and because of it, my health went downhill after I started walking. I was always careful because I didn’t want to break more bones. I ended up gaining weight, getting weaker and having issues beyond anything bone related.

Luckily for me, when I turned 42 years old, about 4 years ago, my entire life changed when I finally embraced my disability and flipped the switch on my health. I started focusing on getting healthier through eating better, exercising, and learning more about my mind and body. I dropped 40 lbs. and started doing things physically that I never thought would be possible; like RUNNING and JUMPING! I now do 16″ box jumps and I ran in my first 5K!

Now, it wasn’t easy. In fact, as I went into it, and to this day, I still deal with issues that are related to having limited mobility.

Even though I do not have full range of motion and am somewhat constricted, I’ve learned there are **three important things** to remember when dealing with my limited mobility. And I’d like to share them with you so you too can start and continue to live the healthy lifestyle you desire.

Limited Mobility Tip #1: Thinking Differently

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The first thing is a MUST before doing the next two. You have to change the way you think about the situation that has changed your mobility. For me, I had always thought that I was going to break a bone if I exercised and pushed myself. And since I had this thought in my mind, when I had tried to push myself in the past, I did end up injuring myself. But once I really took control of my disability, instead of it controlling me, I was able to confidently go into exercise with a better sense of what my body could do and fuller understanding of the limits I could push to become stronger. So…

Limited Mobility Tip #2: Start In The Kitchen

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They (whoever ‘they’ are) say that living a healthy lifestyle is 80% kitchen and 20% exercise. Ya know what? They’re right. The simple caloric deficit calculation of making sure we burn more than we take in will help us maintain a healthy weight and a healthy, strong, energetic feeling. Now, when we are faced with limited mobility, the percentages are actually going to change a bit! I’ll put it at 95% / 5% because our activity level is going to change. The immediate response needs to be focused on the foods we’re eating. Anytime someone injures themselves it’s very easy to not only lose the ability to move more (burn calories) but you also lose motivation and depression can set in, which in turns means we can turn to food to suppress those feelings. No bueno. We have to focus directly on the issue of food intake as soon as our activity level reduces. So, start in the kitchen if you’re dealing with limited mobility!

Limited Mobility Tip #3 – What CAN You Move?

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Remember when I talked about thinking differently about your disability back in tip #1? Well, as you start to get moving, the same thing applies. You have to start thinking about what you CAN DO instead of what you can’t do! You’re going to surprise yourself when you go through this process. The truth of the matter is, you don’t have to move as much as you used to because you’re going to be chasing your eating habits (Remember #2?).

However, you WILL NEED TO KEEP MOVING! The process of intake and burn needs to continue to happen. So, what CAN you move? For me, my legs were most affected by my disability. The majority of my 70 bone fractures have been in my legs.

In fact, I have 4 steel rods in my legs. One down each of the long bones; both femurs (thigh bones) and tibias (shin bones). With the number of breaks and surgeries I’ve had on my legs, of course, my hips have been affected as well. So, there are certain moves I just simply cannot do.

BUT, and a huge BUT HERE, that doesn’t stop me from doing what I CAN do! One fantastic example is a basic lunge. I have a tough time with this one, but I modify it so that I can still do the exercise and work the muscles I need to work. I didn’t just tell myself, “Oh, I can’t do a lunge.”

No, I switched it up and asked myself, “How can I do a lunge that will best fit my needs?” Maybe you can’t use your legs at all. Guess what, you’ve got your arms! There will always be parts of your body that you can move, even in the slightest motions, that can get you moving!

Final Thoughts on Limited Mobility

Don’t be afraid to embrace your circumstances. Know that you can continue to live a healthy lifestyle even with limited mobility.

I share more of my story, expand on these concepts, and provide more sure-fire methods to starting down the path to a healthy lifestyle in my book, Disable Your Disability. You can purchase a copy here: http://bit.ly/BuyDYDNow. Also, watch and subscribe to my YouTube channel where I release weekly videos to get and keep you motivated! You can check my YouTube Channel out here: http://bit.ly/tonyonyoutube.

Learn more about Tony Jacobsen at http://www.tonyjacobsen.com and http://www.disableyourdisability.com.Disable Your Disability

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