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Exercising in Your Wheelchair

A physical disability that leaves you in a wheelchair can be one of the worst things that can happen to a person. Any type of disability is a miserable situation, but the loss of the use of the legs is especially devastating. Being dependent on a wheelchair is possibly one of the worst things that can happen to a person.

To prevent muscle atrophy it is important for a wheelchair user to get the body moving. There are special exercises a wheelchair user can carry out from their wheelchair. Exercise is important for everyone, but it is especially important for a person who relies on a wheelchair. A wheelchair user should incorporate exercise as a part of the daily routine.

You will find that the exercises designed for wheelchair users can greatly build a person's strength. Wheelchair exercise also serves to give the wheelchair user a sense of confidence and self esteem. The body will definitely become more flexible and the strength will increase in other parts of the body. The wheelchair will be doing themselves a great deal of good in developing healthy lungs and a healthy heart through pushing/turning the wheelchair wheels. Carrying out regular excercise will of course help to keep your weight at a healthy level.

There is a specific routine that should be followed when performing wheelchair exercises. The upper body will be the focus of attention. Arms, neck, shoulders and upper torso will all have their chance at a challenging workout.

It is essential that the wheelchair user warms up before beginning the daily workout. Just as it is important to warm up before exercise it is just as important to cool down after the exercises are completed. Also important is to start off at a slower pace and gradually build up to a more strenuous workout. Having a healthy attitude is everything when it comes to exercise. Set some goals that you want to achieve, start off nice and slow and build toward your goals.

Of course, you should consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine. Your disability may not be suited to every exercise you wish to try. Find out which ones are appropriate for your condition.

The two kinds of exercise that is performed in a wheelchair are resistance training and strength training. Lifting weights is involved in strength training. Resistance training utilizes large sized rubber bands. They are used by tying one end of the rubber band to a door and pull the band toward you. This is a great way to build strength in your muscles.

Exercise is a great way to improve your body and your mind. Don't let a disability take that opportunity away from you.

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