Just because you are restricted to a wheelchair does not mean that you do not need to concentrate on fitness. Many people who use manual wheelchairs frequently and in the correct manner usually have very fit upper bodies as a result of having to propel the wheelchair forward using their arms, but their lower body is usually lacking in strength. A person using a motorized wheelchair gets even less exercise. You therefore need to do the correct wheelchair exercises, irrespective of what type of wheelchair you use.
Wheelchair fitness is extremely important in order for a person to feel comfortable even after sitting in a wheelchair over extended periods. It will also help the disabled person keep his or her weight under control, and this is essential to keep blood sugar and blood pressure at acceptable levels. Fitness is very important irrespective of the mobility of the person since it keeps the heart and lungs working well. Exercise also builds up your mood and your self esteem. Don’t limit yourself.
Wheelchair exercises follow the same rules as those for other people. In other words, the person has to do warm up and cool down exercises in addition to the actual exercises that have to be done with light weights. The type of exercise to be done will vary with the level of disability. You have to check with your doctor before you attempt anything so that you do not harm yourself inadvertently. Check out some videos on YouTube to find out some types of exercise you can do – there are quite a few videos there for you to watch on wheelchair exercises.
You will also realize that being fit will improve your flexibility and not just your strength. You will be able to move yourself in and out of the wheelchair and into vehicles without any assistance. The most dramatic benefit of these exercises will be the improvement in your emotional health.