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7 Strength Exercises for Wheelchair Users
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7 Strength Exercises for Wheelchair Users

Are you a wheelchair user who would like to start doing exercise? After all, if you want to remain healthy, it isn’t obvious how to do it while seated. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to keep your body fit:

1. For one thing, you need to move your arms. An easy way to do this is to pick up an object that adds a bit of weight, such as a Pilates ball or small handheld weights, and lift it over your head. Do this with straight arms, then with bent arms. Then, keep your arms in front of you and bend your elbows to bring the ball towards you.

2. In between exercises, move around in your wheelchair. Find a spot where you can roll for about 35 feet at a time. This will make sure you do not get bored and will add to your exercise routine.

3. Next, still holding the ball in your hands with your arms stretched out in front of you, twist your body from side to side. This means that you will now be facing the side even if you are still sitting perfectly in your chair.

4. Afterwards, find one of the long elastics used for exercising. Put it under your feet and hold each end in your hands. Pull up and repeat several times.

5. Now, pick up the ball again. Hold it above your head. Bring it as far back as you can without falling backwards. Repeat several times.

6. Grab a stick, such as a branch or a walking stick, and hold it above your head with both hands. Bend your elbows, then straighten your arms. Keep the stick parallel to the ground.

7. Then, put your arms straight down on either side of your wheelchair. Lift them forwards until they are above your head. Repeat. Then, lift them up sideways until they are over your head. Repeat. Next, move them backwards in a circular motion, then forwards. Repeat.

I hope you find that a few of these exercises work for you! 

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  1. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Good article. You can always workout upper body and abs. Great tricep exercises. You can get the bands at Walmart, any sporting goods store or any drug store. They come in different strengths. All less than $15 for one of them.
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  2. Dawnwriter
    Great tips. I think they are equally useful for those who spend long hours sitting in front of TV and computer.
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  3. Chasewilson
    Great article! I have always wondered how people should stay fit if they can't use their legs. Sounds like a lot of arm strengthening to me, kind of like Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Gump! I would love to show my cousin that is in a wheelchair, who used to be a track runner in high school, some of these workouts! He has lost a lot of motivation to work out now, and I think he would really enjoy a buddy that could help motivate him. Also, he needs a new wheelchair because he would probably really enjoy basketball! Where can I surprise him and get him a nice new wheelchair? http://neergaardpharmacies.com
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  4. Chasewilson
    Great article! I have always wondered how people should stay fit if they can't use their legs. Sounds like a lot of arm strengthening to me, kind of like Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Gump! I would love to show my cousin that is in a wheelchair, who used to be a track runner in high school, some of these workouts! He has lost a lot of motivation to work out now, and I think he would really enjoy a buddy that could help motivate him. Also, he needs a new wheelchair because he would probably really enjoy basketball! Where can I surprise him and get him a nice new wheelchair? http://neergaardpharmacies.com
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