When you live your life in a wheelchair, keeping fit is not always easy. Parts of your body may not work at all, which destroys the phrase “don’t skip leg day!”.
Staying active and keeping your body in the best possible condition may come with extra challenges, but the key is to have fun and find what works for you.
Team sports for wheelchair users
If you’re a team player, then you can stay active with one of the many wheelchair sports that are becoming increasingly popular.
Why not speak to your local gym or community centre, to see what they’ve got on offer?
If you can’t find a wheelchair sports team, you can always start your own.
Users of both electric and manual wheelchairs can find sports that meet their needs. Electric wheelchair football is a popular choice, whilst manual wheelchairs are often preferred for fast-paced games where players are happy to crash into one another. Rugby and basketball are two wheelchair sports that can get a bit chaotic.
Visiting the gym
You may find that standard gym equipment meets your needs. If that’s the case, visit any gym and sign up for your membership.
If your local gym doesn’t accommodate your needs, then you’ll need to look around for other options. Some gyms have adapted equipment for wheelchair users, whilst others are designed entirely for disabled customers.
If you really can’t find anything locally, then it may be worth investing your money in gym equipment for your house.
If you’re feeling really confident, why not ask a local gym if they’d consider buying some adapted equipment? You’d not only be helping yourself, but improving facilities for other disabled users.
In the pool
Find a pool with a gentle slope, rather than steps, or with a poolside lift or hoist.
Swimming is one of the best activities for all, because it’s a whole-body workout. The water resistance can also gently work your muscles, whilst reducing pain.
On top of all of those benefits, being in the pool is incredibly relaxing!
Reaching top speeds
Cardiovascular exercise increases your heart rate, improving your health and fitness.
A great way to get your heart racing is to get your wheels spinning quickly.
Wheelchair sprinting is something that you can try almost anywhere, though a smooth track is best. You’ll need to use a manual wheelchair, then work to improve your speed.
You can also use a wide treadmill, designed specifically for wheelchair users, to get your speed up in a tight space.
Sitting exercises, or chair exercises, are suited to people with very limited mobility. These are often activities that are enjoyed by older people.
Even small, repeated movements can do good things for your body.
Whatever your mobility level, exercise and fitness are important. When you work out on wheels, you’re getting set for a healthier and more comfortable future.
Mobility Smart is an online retailer stocking a wide range of products including mobility scooters and accessories, making life easier for the elderly and disabled.