‘Tis the season for New Year’s Resolutions and once again, getting in shape is at the top of many people’s resolution lists.
Staying physically fit is important for all of us, but especially for people with limited mobility who are susceptible to a variety of medical conditions.
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, “individuals with limited mobility are at greater risk for obesity or increased body fat, diabetes, and dyslipidemia (among other chronic conditions), putting them at increased risk for cardiovascular events such as myocardial infarction, stroke, and death. Increased risk for morbidity and mortality may be due, in part, to the specific disease that limits mobility or leads to the use of a wheelchair, the treatment for the disease (e.g., steroids used to treat MS), and/or a sedentary lifestyle.”
Yet negative outcomes such as the ones referenced aren’t a foregone conclusion by any means.
On the contrary, there are many ways that wheelchair users can remain fit. One option is investing in adaptive exercise equipment designed specifically for wheelchair users. Here are some examples of adaptive equipment that can help you get in shape without leaving your home or your wheelchair. Remember—always check with your physician before beginning any exercise program!
1. Wheelchair Workout Kit
This kit contains everything you need to tone your muscles while sitting in your wheelchair. It includes five sets of progressive resistance tubes; two resistance tubes with handles and a combination hand/finger exerciser and a carrying case. Additionally, the kit comes with instructions for upper body and core exercises.
2. Thera-Band Progressive Resistance System
Strengthen your upper and lower body while increasing mobility, range of motion and coordination with these eight color-coded resistance bands that can be used while sitting in your wheelchair.
3. Pedal Exerciser for Lower and Upper Body
The Pedal Exerciser provides a cardiovascular and strengthening workout that’s just like riding a bicycle. Additionally, this product stimulates circulation, improves range of motion and increases muscle strength and coordination.
4. McLain Wheelchair Training Roller
This apparatus works like a treadmill to provide a great cardiovascular workout. At $1,050, the wheelchair training roller isn’t cheap, but it’s a wonderful tool for the serious athlete.
5. Thera-band Exercise Balls
Strengthen hands and fingers and increase flexibility and coordination with these five color-coded balls. Each ball comes with instructions for 24 exercises.
6. Bowling Ball Pusher
Bowl from your wheelchair with this ingenious device! Built out of steel and aluminum, the bowling ball pusher enables bowlers to push the bowling ball down the lane.
7. Grip Cuff
Designed for individuals with grasping disabilities, the grip cuff enables the wearer to grip weights or handlebars without pain or discomfort.
8. The Underwater Walker
If you have access to a swimming pool, the underwater walker is well worth the investment. This apparatus makes it possible for people with mobility limitations to walk independently in the pool.
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