living WELL

Warms, Catherine; Salzman, Cynthia
April 2005
PN;Apr2005, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p46
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The article focuses on physical fitness for people who are recovered after spinal-cord injury (SCI). The process of losing fitness may begin with the sudden changes in muscular function caused by SCI, but it is perpetuated and aggravated by lack of physical activity. Furthermore, long-term inactivity produces harmful effects on body function and structures: slowing bowel motility; weakening bones, joints, and muscles; and causing the heart and lungs to work harder. Research has shown that regular physical activity decreases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon cancer; reduces depression and anxiety; helps control weight; and helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.


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