Here at Wheelcoach our aim is to provide entertaining articles on all matters related to health and fitness. Whether you are disabled or able bodied, we hope you will find it interesting.
Of course, we are not health professionals here, and you should always talk to a professional about your individual case. Whether it’s a question of starting a new fitness regime, following a particular diet, or any other health matter, your doctor knows best, because s/he has access to information about your individual case.
According to Wikipedia, physical fitness is a general state of health and well-being. More specifically, it is the ability to perform certain activities, sports or occupations. Physical fitness is generally achieved through correct nutrition, exercise, hygiene and rest. Clearly, it relates to our ability to perform certain physical exercises or tasks.
Before the industrial revolution, Wikipedia says, fitness was defined simply as the capacity to carry out the day’s activities without undue fatigue. However, with automation and changes in people’s lifestyles, physical fitness has come to mean something separate from whether one can do one’s own job. It is now treated as a question or a measure of the body’s ability to perform certain physical exercises.
More broadly, it considers whether the body can function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist hypokinetic diseases, and to meet emergency situations. But in day to day conversation, when we talk about fitness, we are thinking in terms of miles jogged, weights lifted or the count of press ups and crunches.
This takes no account of people with disabilities, except insofar as their individual disabilities do not exclude them from particular physical exercises. Here at Wheelcoach.com we aim to take that further, so that health and fitness can be enhanced for everybody, whatever their physical ability or disability.