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Those on Social Security Disability may benefit from exercise

When Pennsylvania residents are living with a disabling illness or injury, it is a known fact that money and energy are scarce. Because of this, many individuals turn to Social Security Disability benefits to obtain the help that they need. A new study shows that roughly 50 percent of disabled adults are not adequately active, which creates even more stress on their bodies, their health and their overall well-being.

Most disabled adults are unable to perform regular exercise. However, those who can, generally do not. This can lead to further health problems, such as stroke, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. In fact, disabled adults are twice as likely to develop these conditions when compared to those who undergo regular physical activity.

There is not a solid link between disability and chronic disease or inactivity or vice versa. However, it is evident that regular exercise can help prevent a number of chronic diseases or reduce the risk of the onset of these diseases. It is recommended for individuals to have between two and three hours every week, but not everyone can submit to this amount of physical activity. For those who cannot, it is recommended to get as much activity as possible.

Although this study shows that Pennsylvania residents may be able to improve their health and prevent disability onset with exercise, the fact remains that many are unable to work due to their condition. Individuals who find themselves in such situations may benefit from knowing that they may be able to apply and receive Social Security Disability benefits. These benefits could assist Pennsylvania residents financially since their condition may likely be keeping them from working.

Source:, "Exercise Could Help Disabled People, But Too Few Are Active: CDC", Steven Reinberg, May 6, 2014

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