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Seated Exercises for Wheelchair Users

The Freedom Mobility


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- Jill Layton Alperstein

Exercise is essential for people in all walks of life no matter where they are or where they’re going. If you have limited mobility or you’re using a wheelchair, then you may not feel like you can exercise or that it will have the same effects on your body. This could not be further from the truth. Exercise, no matter what kind, is of great value for everyone who does it. Today we’re going to take a look at how you can exercise from a seated position and the benefits this can bring. Senior man sitting on wheelchair at home, arms stretched.

The Beauty of Movement for All

Movement is an art form in its purest form. Even something as simple as wiggling your shoulders along with a song can lift your mood and make you feel better. This is one of the greatest benefits of exercise in any form; it can help you find happiness and it doesn’t take a great deal of exertion. There have been extensive studies on the effects of exercise on mood and they prove that it does help. Exercise can also help you maintain strong muscles and bones. When you exercise, your muscles release a series of hormones that help them to absorb amino acids, which they need to thrive. As we get older, we often lose muscle mass and strength, which can lead to a variety of problems. A little movement can go a long way for your health, so let’s get to it!

Discover the Joy of Seated Exercise

Before you get started with your exercises, make sure to throw on some great tunes. You are highly encouraged to dance a little just to build a little energy and get that blood flowing. Music is great for that. Once you have your playlist on, it’s time to get moving.

  • Stretching

Before you attempt any kind of strenuous exercise, you should always stretch beforehand. From the seated position, stretch your arms high above your head and then to the front of you. Imagine reaching beyond your fingertips for the deepest stretch. For every stretch, move gently with determination so that you do not injure yourself or push yourself too far. You can also reach your shoulders up and then press down with them to help them wake up. We also recommend paying attention to any part of your body that feels stiff or painful and gently stretching the area to help relieve said pain.

  • Cardio

Cardio exercises get the heart-rate up and help to improve circulation. Seated marching can help with this and with improving flexibility in your hips. To do this safely, grip the sides of your wheelchair and lift one of your legs as if you were marching. Then let it back down and do this with the other side of your body. Take it slow, but try to get a good rhythm going so that you can elevate your heart-rate and enjoy such benefits.

  • Muscle Building

To build muscle from a seated position, it’s time to lift. For your hands, try squeezing a stress ball for a sustained period. For your arms, try lifting a weight or even a large book for a sustained period of time. Try for 10 seconds, then 20, and beyond. To build muscle in your core, lift your legs and, you guessed it, hold them aloft for a sustained period of time. Just remember that the most important part of exercise is your health, so do what you can and always talk to your doctor before attempting any kind of exercise routine.

Freedom Mobility is Here to Help You

Along with our wheelchair options, we can also offer accessories that can help you achieve a better level of fitness. Even if you’re just looking for a new cushion to help you get comfy, we’re here to help. Contact us today for more information or stop by our showroom in Hanover, Maryland.