Staying Fit In a Wheelchair

October 16, 2010

This is a guest post by Alex.

Obviously everyone wants to stay fit and in shape. There are many risks that come from not maintaining a certain level of health for all people whether disabled or not. Risks can include but are not limited to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease and stroke.

However there are obvious restrictions when it comes to exercising from a wheelchair. This is not to say however that there are not people who are able to stay in a good health condition from their wheelchair. Indeed there are many sports such as wheelchair basketball and tennis that will help you keep in shape whilst having some fun at the same time. Additionally a few more daring wheelchair users take part in sports such as Four Cross Downhill Mountain Biking.

Wheelchair Fitness

The world is also becoming more accommodating to wheelchair users with many accessible gyms springing up all over the place. It makes sense for the gyms to incorporate this kind of equipment as well because it can also be used by able bodied persons.

Additionally if you are the kind of person who doesn’t want to be going down to the gym all the time there are many types of home use fitness devices that can be used.

Whilst there are some activities that you may not be able to do due to a disability you will also find that there are an equal number of clever individuals that have come up with a way around the problem. Can’t cycle? You can get a hand cycle. Can’t swim? There are now many devices available that allow those with a disability to be active in the water.

All in all wheelchair users should exercise for the same reason that their able bodied counterparts should. When you exercise you lower the risk of being affected by conditions that come as a result of being overweight. Whilst the decrease mobility that comes with being in a wheelchair will make it harder a well structured diet combined with the proper exercise will get you to where you want to be. A disability doesn’t have to restrict you from being in shape and looking good you simply need to adapt to the condition you find yourself in.

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