Major injuries can incapacitate us for months or even years depending on the severity. Many people believe it is inevitable that they are going to gain weight during this time and some even use it as an excuse to explain their development of heart disease or some other health affliction brought on through obesity. While those who suffer from a serious injury may become temporarily or even permanently disabled, this does not mean they are completely doomed to becoming unhealthy or completely falling out of shape. Here are three great tips for maintaining a healthy weight and healthy lifestyle through injury or disability.
1. Stay Hydrated
Adequate hydration is essential to not only keep your metabolism going to its maximum but also for carrying nutrients to the injured parts of your body and curbing your appetite while living a more sedentary lifestyle. Don’t consume too much all at once as frequent trips can be a bigger hassle for those with lower body injuries but drink enough to the point where your urine is clear. A lot of people have the tendency to eat more when they have nothing to do or they have a large stomach used to eating more. If you are completely out of action your body is not going to burn much more calories than your base metabolism which for most men is between 1,500-2,000 calories and 1,000-1,500 for women. Drinking water will fill your stomach and make you less inclined to eat if you’re not truly hungry.
2. Avoid Fast Food
Fast food is generally unhealthy for you even when you’re active, it is even worse when you are not. Make it a point to eat mostly home cooked meals while you are out of action. If cooking is a little too much of a burden for your injury or disability keep it simple with fruit, vegetables, and sandwiches. Avoid drinking too much alcohol as well as that can both dehydrate you and be more taxing on your liver and metabolism as they try to process the drinks along with any meds you may be taking.
3. Indulge in a Healthy Hobby
One of our biggest reasons for eating when we are not hungry is simply boredom. Find something to keep you occupied such as a book, movie, puzzle, or even a video game. Do something to keep your mind busy whether it’s productive or just entertaining. It is very ironic how resting can make us restless and more inclined to engage in less healthy habits. Always have a goal and make the most of your time no matter what your physical capabilities are.
Jared Pennington is a health and wellness writer who spent the majority of his youth in athletic training rooms weathering every little injury known to man. When he’s not running or rock climbing he writes for Just Home Medical, a supplier of home aides such as grab bars and overbed tables to assist the injured and disabled.