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Getting regular exercise is a challenge for anyone, but even more so when you are bound to a wheelchair. Yet spending long hours in a chair without physical activity can be debilitating and can even lead to premature death. A big challenge to anyone starting an exercise program is knowing what to do.
The American College of Sports Medicine establishes exercise standards and guidelines for every population. Following are the ACSM’s minimal recommendations for adults:
While it may seem challenging to meet minimal guidelines, doing so will make you feel better, physically, mentally and emotionally, and it will improve your quality of life.
Your muscles work together in groups to help you perform everyday movements. Unless you intend to compete in wheelchair sports or races, training should focus on maintaining functionality for activities of daily living (ADL).
A balanced exercise program will strengthen and stretch all your major muscle groups, giving you optimal range of motion in your joints.
While some people are lucky enough to have a home gym with cardio and resistance equipment, most of us do not. Luckily, you do not need expensive equipment that takes up space and collects dust.
A few simple devices that are inexpensive and easy to store are all you need to get optimal results:
Home exercise equipment is readily available at discount stores and online.
Thanks to technology, exercise routines are just a few clicks away. YouTube has dozens of wheelchair exercise routines that are easy to follow, so you never have to get bored with the same workout. And of course they are free of charge.
Hiring a personal trainer to come to your home is another option. It adds a social element to your workouts, and a trainer will keep you motivated. Your trainer can tailor your routine to meet your needs and preferences, and they will make sure you are doing the exercises properly, and can adjust your program as you grow stronger.
No matter how you do it, exercise is the best medicine to help you live longer, stay well and enjoy the very best quality of life.