We all know the benefits of exercise – it relives stress, boosts your mood, and more obviously improves your overall health. However, those in wheelchairs may not be familiar with the variety of ways you can stay active and reap the physical, mental, and emotional rewards of exercise.
There are a variety of exercises depending on what you’d like to improve. It can range from cardio exercises to strength training and flexibility. With these exercises and your doctor’s permission, you can begin the journey to a healthier you!Cardio Exercises
There are a variety of great cardio exercises that will raise your heart rate and burn calories and also loosen up stiff joints. Some exercises are as follows:
- Chair aerobics. This is a great way to perform a variety of exercises while in your wheelchair. It’s a sure way to get your heart pumping and releasing endorphins to improve your mood. You can find chair aerobics exercise videos online.
- Arm Cycling. This involves bicycling with your arms instead of your legs. It not only gets your heart rate up, but tones your arms too!
- Air-punching. It’s simple and is easy from a seated position. This can be done with or without weights depending on what you feel comfortable with.
Push-ups are one form of strength training. To do this:
- Apply the brakes on your wheelchair and place your hands on the armrest.
- Holding on to the armrest, lift your body a few inches off the seat and then slowly sit back down again.
- Repeat this a few times as you feel comfortable. Eventually you can increase the numbers at a gradual rate.
Another great way to strengthen your body is by doing simple overhead stretches. This involves:
- Sit straight and extending both hands above your head while inhaling.
- Interlock your fingers and turn your palms towards the ceiling.
- Exhale and push your hands slightly backwards.
- After holding this position for a few seconds, return to your original position.
These are just a few exercises to get you started on your journey to a more active and healthier you! Always remember to talk to your doctor first before starting any new exercise regime. Start slowly and work your way up to the more intense workouts and always remember to warm up and stretch before and after you exercise.
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