When you live life with a medical condition that keeps you from working a mainstream job, it can be difficult to keep your finances afloat. Everyone knows you need money to live, and you have to work to make money.
It can seem like an insurmountable challenge, but you still have options. It’s important that you take a deep breath, and give yourself the chance to explore your options. Start now by reading through a few simple tips on what to do when your medical condition keeps you from working.
File for Social Security Disability
If you are unable to work a mainstream job due to a physical or mental illness/injury, you should be filing for social security disability assistance. The government has funds in place to help keep citizens in this situation financially afloat.
You won’t have a huge income if your disability payments are all you have to sustain your life, but taking this step will give you a steady financial foundation. However, you should prepare yourself for a lengthy process.
Social security claims almost always get denied the first time, but don’t give up after your first denial letter. Keep going through the red tape of the system, and you will eventually receive the help you need.
File for Workers’ Compensation
If you are unable to work due to an injury you sustained while you were on the job, you need to start the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim. Your employer should have insurance that covers your situation, and you are owed financial support.
The same kind of situation applied if you were injured due to medical malpractice. There are insurance policies in place that provide compensation in these situations.
Consider what you CAN do
Filing for the structured payments for your condition will take a while. You will need an income in the meantime, and here is where your creativity comes into play.
Take the time to map out what you can still do. Think outside of the box. For instance, are you good at helping people feel better about themselves? Motivational speakers make good money.
Start your own business
Once you’ve taken the time to consider the things you can do, use that information to start your own business. If your disability is purely physical, your mind should never be wasted. Use your mind as your go-to tool.
Anyone can start their own small business, and the boundaries for making a business are wide. You could sell arts and crafts, or develop your own scented bath salts. Find something you are good at doing, and consider how you could twist it up into a full blown business.Read more
As many of you know, I’ve been working out fairly regularly since May 2019. Shortly before that, I focused mostly on running. Of course, that changed when I needed something to do after I fractured my left ankle.
These days, I lift weights 3 to 4 times per week – and run only occasionally. It’s done wonders for my ability to keep weight off and I’ve done a fairly decent job at building muscle. Still a long way to go!
In my quest to rid myself of the “dad bod,” I’ve also turned to supplements – as many of us do – to achieve better results. Enter Naked Nutrition. Today, I’ll be sharing my experience taking two key supplements: Naked Whey and Naked Fiber.Read more
Want to start working out at home this year?
Tired of the gym routine and costly membership fees?
There are many reasons why you should work out at home. Let's explore them now.
Saving money on gym memberships, being able to roll off the couch, and onto your workout mat.
Then, there's also feeling completely comfortable with whatever is thrown your way. Gyms can also be inconvenient, especially if you are a busy parent or running a business (or both).
Unfortunately, working out at home does mean you are on your own, and you don’t have the support of a personal trainer or gym instructor on hand.
This shouldn’t stop you from exercising at home or even impact the type of workout you do. Working out at home can be just as effective a method to reach your goals as using a gym, as long as you equip yourself with the right tools and knowledge to get started.
Whether you are new to exercising, or just moving from a gym to home workouts, here are 9 tips to help optimize your workouts at home and stay motivated to move your body.
Reflecting on the reason why you want to exercise, and why you want to do it at home, can be used as a powerful reminder to help you get up and move your body. Maybe you want to lose weight? Run a marathon? Compete in an event? De-stress after work? Save money? There are a plethora of reasons why you want to exercise. Write it down and stick it somewhere you can see it regularly.
Your goals will be linked to your reason for exercising, and will also be a great motivator. Your goals should be something that you can measure, and track your progress. A good and proven technique to use when creating goals is the SMART method, which aims to help you plan and achieve them quickly. Make sure your goals are smart, measurable, attainable, realistic, and within a suitable time frame, for example, you want to lose X lbs in 12 weeks, and you will measure your weight every 4 weeks to ensure you are on track and you can adjust accordingly if needed. Fitness goals do not always have to be weight-based though. Good goals to set can also be performance-based, which could be something like, achieving a certain number of pushups, lifting a certain amount of weight, or running a certain number of miles.
One of the best ways to help you exercise at home is to create a workout schedule and stick to it. Consistency is key when it comes to achieving your goals, so be realistic as to when you have the time to work out and block it out in your diary.
While working out at home is much more convenient and efficient, it can also be challenging. It is extremely easy to finish work and just want to sit on the sofa, or snooze the alarm in the morning instead of working out. But working out doesn’t have to be long, even just 30 minutes a few times a week can see amazing results. If you can watch Netflix all evening, you make time to exercise. Exercise should be a priority.
Whether you are a seasoned gym-goer or a complete beginner, working out at home means doing it alone, without the support of gym instructors to guide you or help you with your form. This doesn’t mean you have to struggle. There are plenty of apps, YouTube videos, or online personal trainers that you can use and invest in to help you on your journey. It can be advantageous to get a little extra support when you embark on your home workout journey, to give you purpose, direction, and motivation. It can also help you reach your goals quicker, and progress with your techniques. Many apps offer programs you can follow along, while personal trainers tend to create a personalized program suited to your weight and goals.
Nutrition plays a huge role in living a healthy lifestyle and meeting your fitness goals. The right nutrition can also give you the energy to get through your exercises. A diet should consist of good, whole foods that are diverse in nutrients. Not only is it important to consider the right food, but also the right amount of food. If you have some serious goals you want to meet, then it is worth doing the research or speaking to a professional who can provide you with the right advice to meet your goals. Typically, you will need to ensure you are eating more food than the energy you are expending if you want to increase your weight or build muscle, and eat in a caloric deficit if you want to lose weight.
The best course of action is to speak to a nutrition coach, who will be able to further guide you with food that is suited to you personally, to help you reach your goals quicker.
If it is possible for you, it can be beneficial to create a dedicated space for your exercise. This can be in a loft, basement, garage, shed, or spare bedroom. Whatever space you can find in your home, claim it as yours and fill it up with the essentials you need to get a workout done. Even better, create a workout schedule to stick on the wall, and accompany it with your why and your goals. This will help you stay motivated every time you feel like stopping.
If you are not able to create a dedicated space, see if you can use the same space each time, away from distractions. This will help you build up a good routine and get your mind and body used to it.
Having a dedicated space in your home helps you to stay consistent, and is easier to store (or keep close by) all your equipment.
Depending on your budget, there is exercise equipment to suit all goals. If you don’t quite have a budget yet, there are also many no-equipment exercise options for you to choose from.
A mat, water bottle, and towel are probably the most important items to buy for your home workouts, even if you buy nothing else. These essentials are sure to get you off to a good start.
Resistance bands, fit balls, and small dumbbells are a great option to get you started on your exercise journey. Although they are cheap, they are just as effective when paired with the right exercises and can be used in a variety of ways.
If you have a higher budget to purchase a few more items, or perhaps are planning to renovate a room and turn it into your own home gym, there are many options available. The kind of equipment you choose will entirely depend on your goals, and which style of workouts you decide to do. You can start with barbells, dumbbells, squat racks, and TRX cables. If you have big goals, you can also invest in high-tech equipment that will provide you with more information about your workouts, for example, see how many calories you can burn riding a bike or how far you've run on a treadmill. If you have a fitness plan from a professional brand, such as Openfit, then you can get trusted advice on which is the best equipment for you.
Whatever you choose, make sure you do your research and choose the equipment that will help you reach your goals.
Just because you choose not to train at a gym, doesn’t mean you should have to go on your journey alone. A support system is an important aspect of any journey, as developing a bond with like-minded people who have similar goals can help motivate you when you are struggling, speak to you about any challenges, and stay accountable. You can see if you have any friends, family members, or neighbors who would be interested in exercising with you, alternatively, you can find people who share your passion on social media using relevant hashtags, or join the community of online apps or Zoom workouts for an extra push.
When working out at home on your own, it can be easy to get tired, feel demotivated or get stuck in a rut. To prevent this, or to work through this feeling if it is something you are experiencing, then why not try to mix things up, challenge yourself and try some new moves. When you challenge yourself, you are challenging both your mind and body, which in turn, will help you build more resilience and introduce movement to different muscles that perhaps you haven’t used in a while. This can help you reach your goals faster. And the best part is, you are at home when you try it, so it doesn’t matter how silly you feel if you are trying something unfamiliar or you are not confident doing it.
Working out at home can be just as effective as at the gym, and comes with many benefits. From saving money to saving time, home workouts can help you get fit, happy and healthy, in the convenience of your own home. It can seem daunting at first, but once you equip yourself with the right knowledge, space, and equipment, you’ll be hitting your goals in no time.Read more
Do you have a playlist of songs that just pumps you up?
You know what I'm talking about. Maybe you're having a great day and the sun is out. You put the windows down and crank it up as you drive along.
If you're a runner or are working your way to becoming one, I consider a great playlist a must. When the training runs get long, you need that little something that picks you up and gives you that extra push.Read more
Motherhood is a big part of a woman's life. Not only is it a new phase for a mother but also a family. To make this entire experience overwhelming, motherhood related expenses and responsibilities begin from the day you get pregnant and don't just end when a child is delivered.Read more
One of the things I enjoy about running the community. Runners are incredibly supportive of one another. And social media is an endless source of running inspiration.
I included the 9 Twitter accounts below because they provide consistent content that promotes individual runners, the ups and downs of training and racing, and the running community at-large. If you're a runner, I believe they will give you the push you need to keep going when the training miles get long.
And if you aren't a runner yet, but would like to be, use what these amazing people do as the inspiration to hit the pavement or trails.
Either way, make sure to follow all these Twitter accounts for the running inspiration you need. When you're done, lace up the shoes, get out there, and rack up the mileage!Read more
Are you courageous enough to try a military workout? Even though I’ve run five half marathons and one marathon, these workouts are incredibly intense. After looking at what some of the basic training routines require a person to do, it is no wonder the United States has the best military in the world.
The training is second to none.
Now, I haven’t tried these myself yet. Frankly, aside from the running, they’re pretty intimidating and I doubt I could get through even half of one session! That said, it would be fun to give them a try.
I have 6 military workouts below that you can try at home. Here’s how it will work. I’ll provide a portion of the workout below along with the resource article. This way, if you like a particular military workout, you can check out where to get the full routine.
See if you have what it takes. Let’s go, plebe!Read more
What's on NFL players' workout playlists? That's a question many football fans have it seems. We enjoy having a connection with our 'heroes' and it can be exciting to share a common bond (no matter how small).
In that vain, I did a little research to find some of the top songs on NFL players' workout playlists. We have the likes of John Jenkins, J.J. Watts, D.J. Fluker, Audie Cole, Richard Sherman, Terrance Knighton, Von Miller, Brandon McManus, Dane Fletcher, Chandler Jones, and even Russell Wilson and Tom Brady.
Now, picture this. You're in the off season or training camp, pumping iron or doing conditioning runs. Or you're about to come out of the tunnel to thousands of screaming fans on any given Sunday.
Pick that song below that will pump YOU up!Read more
If you are thinking about booking and going for a hearing test but are not sure if you need to see a hearing specialist or a doctor, don't worry; you've come to the right place. Although determining whether or not you are having troubling symptoms might be difficult, you should schedule an appointment with your hearing doctor as soon as you notice a change in your hearing or anything wrong with your ears. That could range from tinnitus to struggling to hear people speaking, discharge, or excessive wax. While you may discover that everything is fine, scheduling a hearing test should be your highest priority.
If you need further convincing as to the importance of getting your hearing tested, here are some reasons why you should be booking that appointment right away.
If you have been having trouble hearing for a long time, a hearing test is the best way to determine whether you are suffering from hearing loss. While there are numerous causes for temporary hearing loss, your doctor will be able to tell you whether or not it is cause for concern and whether it could be a sign of something more serious.If it is, they can sort it out with things such as digital hearing aids.
If you have a number of different things you want to discuss regarding your hearing or any symptoms you may be experiencing, your hearing test is unquestionably the best time to do so. When it comes to your hearing, the doctor you will be visiting will be specially trained, making them the best person to ask if you're concerned. They will not only be able to give you advice, but they will also be able to refer you if necessary.
If you have been having hearing problems, your doctor's appointment will be able to determine whether or not there are any underlying conditions or causes for your recent loss of hearing. They will be able to provide you with the smartest diagnosis possible, whether it is an infection or a recent injury.
Finally, scheduling your hearing test will provide you with the opportunity to discuss all of your treatment options. If you do find that you require assistance, they will be able to advise you on the best course of action to take. At the end of the day, they are there to make you feel more at ease and restore your hearing as far as possible once again.
Hearing appointments do not need to be daunting or scary. They are usually relatively quick and pain-free and can help you to achieve a better quality of life. What is stopping you from getting your hearing tested?Read more
The first step to addiction recovery is maintaining sobriety. This is a fundamental part of the rehabilitation process. It is, however, hard to maintain sobriety when an individual still has toxins and addictive substances in the body. It is for this reason that seeking medical detoxification becomes essential. Medical detox is the first and crucial step and part of any substance abuse treatment. Before choosing a medical detox program, consider the following factors.
Finding the kind of detox program that best suits your needs is vital and is the first step towards recovery. Before enrolling in the detox programs, ensure that you have the right information about the types the facility offers. The common types of detox programs are inpatient detox and outpatient detox. But depending on the nature of the addiction and the underlying medical conditions, one can consider partial hospitalization detox or residential detox. When you understand the types of detox programs, choosing the right one becomes productive in the long run. With the right type of medical detox programs, it becomes easier to treat the underlying medical conditions.
Medical detox is the first step towards effective treatment and the best avenue towards full recovery. This means before choosing a medical detox program, find the right facility or detox center. With the different rehab facilities and addiction treatment centers available in the community, the chances of falling for a fraudulent or illegal detox center are higher.
It is vital to ascertain the legitimacy of the detox center and the types of programs offered. Ensure that the detox center has accreditation and a license to provide medical services. The doctors and healthcare providers supervising the detox programs should also be board-certified and licensed. The facility should also use evidence-based therapies and practices when handling the detoxification process.
With the different services, you receive during the medical detox treatment, be ready to spend considerably. While the service charges differ with the addiction treatment center you choose, it can be overwhelming when you lack a financial plan. Before deciding on the best medical detox program, find financial means that will help you cover the related expenses. You should consider buying medical insurance as there are several treatment services you will need before achieving full recovery. You should understand that to recover fully, completing your medication-assisted treatment and rehabilitation is vital.
You should note that medical detox is the start of the long journey to full recovery. Apart from inpatient medical treatment, it is vital to consider detox programs with aftercare services and support. After detoxification, the chances that you will need dual diagnosis treatment are higher. This is to ensure that you get the treatment necessary for your physical and psychological needs. Aftercare services and support ensure that you remain on the right track to recover and avoid stressors or triggers that can make you relapse. When you visit https://www.gallusdetox.com/, you will understand the relevance of aftercare services and support in medical detox programs. Effective aftercare services and support make the detox and rehab process productive.
Before deciding on enrolling in a medical detox program, review the success stories. It will be encouraging and find it fitting if the program you choose has many success stories. It also gives you hope and makes it possible to commit to the addiction treatment process when you find inspiration in stories. However, if there are fewer or conflicting stories and feedback, you should consider other options.
Treating addiction means taking productive steps and committing yourself to achieve your recovery objectives. Seeking medical detox is the first step toward being sober and achieving full recovery. However, before deciding on medical detox programs, consider the above factors and make the process easier and more productive in the long run.Read more