Limb Loss Awareness MonthApril 11th, 2017
April is Limb Loss Awareness month which is supported by both LimbPower and the Limbless Association, as well as many other prosthetic and rehabilitation centres. This is the first awareness month of its kind in the UK, following a similar initiative in the USA organised by the Amputee Coalition.
The initiative, which will run throughout the month of April, aims to raise people’s awareness of limb loss and amputation and encourages increased independence and mobility through the whole community.
Throughout April, there will be a social media campaign running to get people to improve their physical health and raise awareness of the benefits, both physically and mentally, of staying active. LimbPower is encouraging you to use #GetMoving on social media to support the campaign.
They have also put together some tips for people to follow to get moving, whether it’s at home or in the office.
- Get cleaning! Don’t save your cleaning until the weekend, do a little each day as a form of exercise.
- Don’t just sit on the sofa. During ad breaks, try getting up and walking around, stretching and moving rather than just sitting still.
- Be more active. Whether it’s walking on the spot when you’re brushing your teeth, or walking backwards and sideways around the kitchen whilst making dinner, any movement is better than nothing!
- Time to brew up! Rather than waiting for someone else to make you a cup of tea, get up and make your own.
- Get outside. Try and get some fresh air each day. There is a relationship between levels of fitness and the amount of time spent outside.
At the office:
- Stand up. When you’re taking a call try and stand up rather than staying sat down. Set an alarm to remind you to stand up every 30 minutes. This will burn calories and also help relieve pressure on your back.
- You can use a bottle of water to create weights to add resistance to exercises. Try pressing it above your head or a bicep curl.
- Leg and core muscles. Try to avoid pushing yourself up with your hands when you stand up or sit down and use your leg and core muscles to do the hard work.
- Tackle the stairs. Set yourself targets to use the stairs instead of the lift.
- Don’t just eat! Lunch hours can be used for so much more than swallowing down a sandwich. Try and get out and walk to get some exercise to make you more active throughout the working day.
LimbPower was established in 2009 and encourages people who have had an amputation or a limb impairment to take part in physical activities and sport, as well as the arts, with an aim to improve their quality of life. These activities can also act as rehabilitation for people, aiding their recovery after an injury.
At CFG Law, we understand the importance of remaining active after a serious injury or amputation. Although someone may not feel motivated to undertake physical activities following these injuries, the benefits of keeping active are huge. We support the work of LimbPower and other charities in encouraging activities for people after an amputation and proving there still so much more that can be done.