May 30, 2017 at 1:33 PM

Although it might not be easy to exercise, wheelchair users still need to engage in physical activity. Evidence shows that taking part in physical activity has a lot benefits for the body and mind. There are also a lot of options you could choose depending on your condition and fitness levels.

Why You Should Engage in Physical Activity

Exercise can lower your risk of diseases like stroke, cancer, and diabetes by half and significantly reduce the risk of early death. According to health experts, adults should engage in cardiovascular exercise for two hours per week, and in muscle training at least twice a week. Regular exercise will lead to:

  • Stronger muscle and bone mass
  • Enhanced motion range
  • Reduced muscle and joint paints
  • Increased endurance
  • Better balance
  • Improved posture

Cardio Workouts

Taking part in cardio exercises is important to keep your heart and lungs healthy. You, however, have to engage in physical activity that significantly increases your heart rate. If you don’t break a sweat, there will be no benefits. If you have no clue where to begin, you can watch training videos or sign for classes at a gym. You will begin to feel the change as soon as you start exercising. You’ll feel a lot lighter, and it will be easier to do things.

Resistance Training

Resistance training is simpler to do at home. Simply tie a resistance band to a firm object like a door handle and begin working out. You could do exercises like lat pull outs or row extensions. Row extensions are like rowing a boat. Hold the band, bend your arm, and smoothly pull away. You could choose a band depending on what activity you are engaging in and the strength you will be applying. 

Strength Training

For physical training, you can engage in exercises like overhead stretches. Sit up straight, breathe in, and extend your arms over your head. Then join your fingers and turn your palms up. Breathe out and push your hands back. Hold the position for a couple of seconds before returning to the first position. Repeat five times.

You can also engage in pushups to increase your strength. Here’s how you can do them:

  • Stretch for five minutes to warm up
  • Apply your wheelchair breaks
  • Place hands on the wheelchair’s armrest
  • Slightly lift your body from the seat and seat down
  • Repeat five times
  • Cool down for five minutes

Wheelchair Sports

There are different kinds of sport available for wheelchair users. These include tennis, rugby, football, and basketball. Engaging is such activity is good for your heart and lungs and will help you burn calories. To find wheelchair sports in your area, browse the internet. Then enroll in yearly competitions for different types of competitions of wheelchair sports.


What fitness activity you engage in will ultimately depend on what you like and your ability. This could include doing light exercises such as yoga or engaging in a strenuous physical activity. You can also sign up for classes at a local gym that has specialized equipment. Whatever you choose, make sure you enjoy doing it. Good luck!

Fitness Tips for Wheelchair Users

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