For those that live with a physical disability, it can be challenging to get any form of exercise into your daily life. It is not impossible, though, and there are a few good options for forms of exercise which could help you to improve your fitness which, in turn, will help in many areas of life and will help to prevent health issues. Read on for a few ideas.
Some exercises can be done with a chair which is obviously helpful for those with mobility issues and those that require the use of a wheelchair. Dumbbells and resistance bands can enable people to improve their strength in both the upper and lower body and help parts of the body to stay mobile. These exercises can also get your heart rate elevated too, helping you to improve your cardiovascular health.
It will depend on your limitations, but walking can be an excellent, low-impact form of exercise which gets your body moving and can elevate the heart rate – it is also good for your mental health, especially if you can explore natural areas.
It might be daunting going into a gym if you have a disability, but you should know that these places can be incredibly supportive and welcoming to all. The key is to speak to a trainer who will be able to create a tailored plan, show you how to use equipment that you can use and provide support. Getting to a local gym could be an issue, but wheelchair accessible vehicles from places like Allied Mobility could be a good solution that solves your transportation issues.
You can find fantastic exercise DVDs and online videos that are designed for those with physical limitations to keep active. These workouts often involve no equipment or very little equipment and can easily be performed at home, making it much easier to fit exercise into your daily routine and without having to rely on anyone else.
Water-based exercises are excellent for those with physical disabilities, because the water supports the body and doesn’t add strain to the body while moving. You can usually find water-based exercise classes for those with disabilities which is helpful, because you will receive expert guidance as well as the chance to meet other people that are in the same position as you which can bring an enjoyable social element to your exercise.
Hopefully, this post will give you a few ideas for ways that you can exercise and improve your fitness with a physical disability. It can be challenging, but it is important to be as active as possible as this can improve both your physical and mental health.