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How to Exercise in a Electric Wheelchair?

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   So many people think wheelchair users don’t need regular exercise, this is a wrong perception. Compared with the healthy people, the disabled people especially wheelchair users need exercise more.


Wheelchair Sports

   Why should wheelchair users need exercise

 As we all know, wheelchair users need to sit on the chair for a long time. Without appropriate exercise, they will meet various physical problems such as muscle atrophy, overweight, and so on. Regular exercise will bring them many benefits.  

  • Physical health: Regular exercise helps maintain and improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, and flexibility. And for wheelchair users, the biggest advantage is that prevents muscle atrophy. By the way, regular exercise can help reduce the risk of the complications (such as pressure sores, urinary tract infections, and respiratory issues.)

  • Psychological well-being:Exercise has numerous mental health benefits. It can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, reduce stress, enhance mood, and boost self-esteem. And they will meet many people who share similar interests and challenges.

  • Independence and functional abilities: Regular exercise can improve functional abilities and independence in daily activities.


Sports wheelchair


   Can I exercise in the electric wheelchair?


   In general, most electric wheelchair users can engage in some form of exercise regularly. However, if you have the following scenarios, exercise may not suitable for you.

  •    Severe physical impairments: Some individuals with severe physical impairments may have limited mobility or muscle control, their body is not suitable for any kind of exercises.

  •    Cardiovascular or respiratory conditions: Individuals with severe cardiovascular or respiratory conditions may have limitations on the intensity or duration of exercise they can safely undertake.

  •    Recent surgeries or injuries: Individuals who have recently undergone surgeries or have acute injuries may need to limit or modify their exercise routine until they fully recover.

  •    Unstable medical conditions: Some medical conditions, such as uncontrolled seizures, unstable blood pressure, or certain neurological disorders, may require careful consideration and guidance from healthcare professionals before engaging in exercise.


  It's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional or a qualified exercise specialist who can evaluate your specific condition, medical history, and abilities. They can provide personalized guidance based on your unique circumstances and help you determine appropriate exercises or modifications to ensure safety and maximize the benefits of physical activity.


   What exercise i can do in a wheelchair?


   There are various exercises you can do while in a wheelchair. These exercises can help improve strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, and overall well-being. Here are some examples:


   Upper body exercises:


  •    Shoulder presses: Use dumbbells or resistance bands to perform shoulder presses while seated in your wheelchair.

  •    Bicep curls: Hold dumbbells or use resistance bands to perform bicep curls, targeting your arm muscles.

  •    Tricep extensions: Use dumbbells or resistance bands to perform tricep extensions, targeting the muscles on the back of your arms.

  •    Resistance band exercises: Attach resistance bands to a stable object and perform various pulling or pushing motions to strengthen your upper body muscles.


   Wheelchair-specific exercises:


  •    Wheelchair push-ups: Position your hands on the wheelchair armrests or the sides of the seat and push your body up to perform wheelchair push-ups.

  •    Wheelies: Practice lifting the front wheels of your wheelchair off the ground to improve balance and upper body strength.

  •    Lateral pushes: Push your wheelchair from side to side, targeting different muscles and improving wheelchair handling skills.


   Cardiovascular exercises:


  •    Wheelchair dancing: Participate in wheelchair dancing classes or follow instructional videos to enjoy rhythmic movements that elevate your heart rate.

  •    Wheelchair sports: Engage in adaptive sports such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, or power soccer, which provide both cardiovascular exercise and recreational enjoyment.

  •    Hand cycling: Use a hand cycle, either outdoors or on a stationary hand cycle machine, to engage in cardiovascular exercise.


   Seated yoga or stretching:


  •    Seated yoga: Follow seated yoga routines designed specifically for wheelchair users, focusing on gentle stretching, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques.

  •    Stretching exercises: Perform stretches targeting various muscle groups, such as shoulder stretches, chest stretches, and hamstring stretches.


Manual Wheelchair

     What should be noticed when exercising in a wheelchair?


     Appropriate exercise will help wheelchair users have a stronger body. But there are many important things you should know before exercising. Keep them in mind and then exercise correctly.


  •    Consult with a healthcare professional: Never, never, never don’t forget to consult the healthcare professional before exercising. This is very important. They will give you the most professional suggestions. What kind of exercise you can do? How often you should do the exercise? How to exercise correctly and appropriately?

  •    Warm-up and cool-down: Prior to starting your workout, engage in a warm-up routine to prepare your muscles and joints for exercise. This action will reduce your chances of injury.

  •    Start with appropriate intensity and progress gradually: Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout to stay properly hydrated. Proper hydration is important for overall health and performance.

  •    Stay hydrated:Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout to stay properly hydrated. Proper hydration is important for overall health and performance.

  •    Take breaks and rest when needed: If you feel fatigued or need a rest, take breaks during your exercise session. Overexertion can lead to muscle fatigue and reduced performance. Listen to your body and rest as needed.

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