Water Is Good For You
The human body is made up of between 55 and 75 percent water depending on size and composition, according to ShapeFit.
Boost Energy in 5 Easy Steps
1. See your doctor
Discover any root causes for fatigue: Iron or vitamin deficiency, depression, hyperthyroidism etc.
2. Stay hydrated
Drink 1/2 your weight in water every day. Add 2 cups water for ev
Practice a regular routine like a baby. Try for 10-11 pm and 6-7 in the morning.
4. Eat right
Increase protein (like peanut butter), cut down on carbs (sugars and white, refined foods), increase complex carbs and fibre (like fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds).
Increase heart-rate for 1/2 hour 3-5x per week. Things like walking, cardio routines, swimming, dancing...
Tips to Avoid Falls
1. Exercise regularly. Cutting back on activity results in loss of strength, muscle tone, balance, decline in health and often depression. All of which can cause you to fall again.
2. Follow a sensible, balanced diet. Good nutrition means higher energy and stronger bones.
3. Eliminate obvious hazards from your home (poor lighting, throw rugs, clutter). Do you trip on things? Move furniture as necessary. (Especially if you "furniture-walk")--sometimes moving items and closing distances can make a world of difference. Install grab bars, nonslip mats, ramps, thresholds, night lights...
4. Take your time, take care, plan ahead. Pause before standing or moving. Especially in new places.
5. Wear sturdy, low heeled shoes. Rubber for traction is good.
6. Make sure your medication doesn't make you dizzy. Discuss benefits and risks with doctor.
7. Poor vision? Dizziness? Discuss risks with doctor.
8. Analyze your falls. Why did this happen? How could I prevent it?
Products that Help Out
I am tired of being overcharged or searching endlessly for stuff online. Lately, I've been searching kid stuff as they also have issues with eating and mobility. I've also been told that sports is a category I should try as mittened backbackers have problems grabbing stuff, closing ziplocks.
My appliances-- my stove is probably overkill for someone who cooks so little, however, I really like the self-cleaning feature, knobs on the front, and smooth ceramic top (no more burners to clean and re-assemble). My freezer is upright, has a temperature sensor (in case I leave the door open), and is frost-free (no defrosting)
Slow cooker--I have a small 1 1/2 qt one. Less leftovers. Ideal way to cook easily with few dishes and no stove. Was gifted a 3 pot one. Now cook 3 different things at different times and temperatures.
I leave it plugged in, as pugs are hard to do. No burners to burn myself on. Cook pasta and rice, so no pans of hot water.
Drawstring Glad garbage bags-- I can get them for my recyclables, too (blue). I have tried cheaper ones, but they don't hold up so well. A volunteer or FCSS takes it out and I don't want to add troubles to their day.
A Rubbermaid Reveal micro fibre mop/sweeper where I can machine wash the cloth and refill with my own solution and no batteries.
My bed rail gives me a "grab bar" in my bed.
My barrier-free apartment has no carpet (great for walkers/wheelchairs), a walk-in 5 ft shower with tub chair and nozzle that can be used hanging or in hand. It also has no ramp (dicey in Canadian winters), handicapped doors, wide 36" doorways throughout. Designed barrier free, it has lower light switches and peephole, longer blind rods, lever handles and faucets and raised toilet. I added longer pulls for ceiling fans. I requested a Canada Post parcel locker as I can't "pickup" at the depot.
Laundry detergent pods. No aiming, pouring, spilling or over-measuring.
Zip Pulls I was having a hard time doing up zippers. Searched endlessly online for a solution. I now know what they are called, as sports enthusiasts use them for duffels, parachutes, tents... Simply attach to the zipper by inserting loop in hole, and thread rubber bit through loop (half-hitch). Got in pack of 12. Cheap. I put them on purses, wheelchair cushions, backpacks...
Wow! for female wheelchair users,
I found a cotton (breathable) sleep bra for that I use everyday.
Large plastic snaps for easy front close, wireless, no back seam or hooks, comfortable....
Gifts Ideas for Mobility-Challenged