Keep your body moving 89
If it is very difficult for you to move your body, try to change your position often.
If you usually sit all day, change your position by lying down for a while.
If you are often bent forward...
...try to stretch the muscles in your chest.
Exercise does not have to be hard work in order to be good for you. It is best
to start slowly, especially if you do not move much now, or if you cannot move a
part of your body, if it is weak or painful, or if you spend a lot of time in the same
position. Not moving much can make joints and muscles stiff and painful, or can
make the body freeze in a certain position. As your body gets more used to moving,
you will be able to do more.
Exercise can be fun
Try to find exercise that is fun. Some women like to ride a donkey or burro.
Controlling the animal, moving your body to respond to its movements, and
keeping your balance are all forms of exercise.
Try to exercise with another person. You are more likely to keep exercising when
you are also spending time with a friend. It is also good to have another person
who can give help if you need it.
A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities 2007