Strengthen Your Muscles A sofacykel can help improve your physical fitness

If you’re in a wheelchair it is easy to start leading a sedentary life and ignoring the need to remain active and work on your physical fitness. However, it is important to recognise the benefits of staying active and working on your physical health. You can gain many health benefits and find you are able to cope with daily life more efficiently. While there are challenges to overcome it is worth the extra effort to get active and stay healthy.

Why It’s Important to Remain Active

Being physically active in any shape or form is beneficial for your body and for your mind too. It’s also an excellent way of meeting new people and getting involved with new social circles. When you use a wheelchair it can be more difficult to get the heart pumping and find an activity that makes you feel hotter and sweatier. By failing to undertake this form of activity you can increase the risk of heart and lung problems and risk gaining weight, which brings more health problems too.

Another reason to work on your strength is the fact that you have to use your muscles to manoeuvre the wheelchair. If you don’t improve your muscle strength you could find you experience strains and injuries caused by simply getting around in your daily life. If you begin to introduce muscle strengthening exercises you’ll be able to avoid these injuries and increase your recovery times.

What Activity to Use

The type of exercise you undertake will depend on your physical abilities and also your personal preferences.  Think about why you are exercising, it could be to help you with your daily activities or to improve a function or simply to ensure you stay healthy and avoid gaining weight. You might also want to use exercise as a social activity. Consider all your reasons and your abilities and then try and find a suitable activity that will tick all your boxes.

Working on Your Cardio

You have plenty of options when it comes to cardiovascular exercises as a wheelchair user. Find something that will get you out of breath slightly. Start with ten minutes of exercise and work up to twenty minute sessions over time. Some of the exercises to consider include swimming, rowing machines adapted for wheelchairs, sports such as wheelchair badminton, netball and basketball.

Strengthening Muscles

When working on your muscles work on certain muscle groups at a time. When you use a wheelchair you may experience tightening of the chest, shoulders and the back muscles can become weaker as they aren’t worked. Therefore focus on exercises that will support you as you push yourself to strengthen these areas so you can avoid injuries.  Use pushing and pulling exercises and find some weight wraps to use on your wrists and ankles.

Contact your gym or your doctors’ surgery to find equipment that has been adapted for wheelchair users.  You can also find great equipment for the home such as a Sofacykel. Don’t push yourself too hard but don’t give up either. You can remain healthy and fit with a little bit of activity every day.

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A sofacykel can help improve your physical fitness If you’re in a wheelchair it is easy to start leading a sedentary life and ignoring the need to remain active and work on your physical fitness. However, it is important to recognise the benefits of staying active and working on your...