Written by Breanne Fleat for Adaptability Fitness
Having a disability doesn’t mean that you have to take it lying down. Yes, it’s a tough problem, but you can either treat it is as a challenge for you to overcome, or as a burden that you have to live it.
For those who choose the former over the latter, the physical and emotional rewards can be tremendous, and this is not an exaggeration. Numerous disabled persons have not only overcome their physical and mental disabilities, they have also surpassed most able-bodied people.
So don’t let your disability keep you down. Instead, treat them as opportunities for you to become better and stronger than before.
Below are four people who have done exactly that, and if they can do then so can you.
Baxter Humby’s right hand had to be amputated shortly after his birth because it was entangled with his umbilical chord. However, he did not allow this unfortunate incident to prevent him from becoming a martial artist.
At an early age, Humby took up martial arts and fitness training. Despite initial difficulties, he persisted until he managed to improve his own martial arts skills to the point of actually challenging able bodied opponents in sparring matches.
Today, Humby is now one of Canada’s Super Welterweight Kickboxing champions. In fact, he is the only PWD who has won this title, and to this day, he remains one of the most prominent athletes in his country. And if he can do it then so can you.
Just check him out in action:
Don’t let your disability stand in the way of your dreams. Oz Sanchez didn’t, and he is one of the best examples of a man who has successfully overcome adversity to achieve real greatness. In fact, several years ago, Sanchez competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and won a gold medal for the para-cycling time trial and a bronze one for road racing.
Long before he won these awards, however, Sanchez was the victim of a car accident that damaged his spine and left him paralyzed. Despite these adversities, Sanchez managed to overcome his disabilities to join numerous athletic and sports events.
Shortly after winning a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, Sanchez had successfully competed in various world athletic events, including the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Italy.
See for yourself:
should you allow your disability to stand in the way of exercising? James Sutliff doesn’t think so. He was only 24 years old when he developed a neurological condition called Dystonia. Not only did this ailment undermine Sutliff’s ability to speak, it also prevented him from using his hands, which in turn forced him to stop working as a plumber.
Although he managed to find a new job as a labourer, that didn’t help Sutliff overcome his condition. He needed a real solution. Fortunately, James had always loved going to the gym, strength training and he used that passion to help him overcome his problems with Dystonia.
After four years of disciplined workout and healthy living, James Sutliff had turned his life around. Not only has he made a career out of working out, he is also helping to raise awareness about Dystonia.
Here’s why he’s inspiring so many people:
Finally, we have Kyle Maynard, who is the prime example of a PWD who has overcome everything life threw at him. Maynard was born without any limbs, but rather than succumbing to his condition, he sought to overcome it.
Today, Maynard is a successful MMA fighter, and has even competed against various able-bodied athletes. Additionally, he has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro (on his own), making him the first congenital amputee to have done so.
In addition to his accomplishments, Maynard is also the proud owner of his very own CrossFit gym, where he motivates other people, including PWDs, to stay fit and healthy. So don’t let yourself succumb to hopelessness. As Kyle Maynard has proven with his own life, disabilities are not barrier to greatness.
Check out his story:
So if you have a disability, let these people inspire you to make yourself fit and healthy. Yes, it will be challenging, but the rewards are worth it. Not only will you become healthier and stronger, you will also be able to overcome the emotional and psychological burdens of being a disabled person. And who knows? Maybe someday, you will be an inspiration to other disabled persons.
Our new contributor Breanne Fleat is the co-creator and writer at www.proteinpromo.com.
To read more from her, follow these links:
- Entomophagy, Simplified: Why You Should Start Eating Insects Today
- A Beginners Guide To The Weights Room
- Does social media help or hinder your fitness efforts?