Workouts For Disabled People

Published: 02nd June 2010
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Copyright (c) 2010 Chris McCombs

Fitness training can not only helping maintaining the perfect body weight and a shapely figure, it can also help in warding off certain physical disorders like heart problems, diabetes, arthritis and problems related to obesity. There are special workout routines that can help the disabled too. If you are physical movements are restricted or you have limitations in doing strenuous exercises, don't lose heart. There are exercises that you can do despite your disabilities.

Sometimes medical advisers will even recommend simple exercises to alleviate common issues. These are primarily aimed at maintaining the mobility and flexibility of the body, especially of the joints and limbs. As an example, those with back pains are often instructed to perform workouts that will strengthen their back muscles and increase their flexibility. Much in the same way, if you have arthritis, your physician is likely to ask you to do leg exercises that will ease your pain. Needless to say, there are specific exercises catering to specific physical disorders.

If you are physically disabled and cannot take part in a regular workout session, your personal trainer can draw up a schedule of exercises that you can do and at the same time will be best suited to your needs. It is important that you consult your doctor before starting with any fitness training session. Once your doctor says it's alright, you can ask your personal trainer to do the needful. Following is a closer look at some points that you may find helpful:

In case the lower portion of your body is weak and you need a wheelchair, the strength of your upper body should be your primary concern. You can do exercises suitable for this purpose with the help of resistance bands. Also, you could do an internet search and you'll find many videos or instructions showing you how to increase your upper body strength.

If you have the necessary equipment at home like static cycles, weight machines, and arm bikes and so on, you can look forward to a complete workout regimen at home, of course under the guidance of your personal trainer. It's crucial not to over work yourself. This may prove to be further detrimental. So always make sure that you are within your prescribed limits of physical exertion.

Aerobic exercises are perhaps the safest bet when you have a physical disability to fight against. Light walking, jogging or running form a part of this kind of workout. These are light on the body, aren't too strenuous and are extremely effective. A daily dose of aerobic exercise can keep your heart strong, improve your circulatory system and give a significant boost to your energy levels.

Stretching exercises can also be helpful in making your muscles and bones agile and flexible.

You can also consider participating in sports events that are organized for physically disabled people. These include basketball, fencing, tennis, archery etc. If you think you have the strength to take part in events like these, you can surely maintain a healthy and a fit body despite your impairment.

Even with a handicap you can still strive to achieve your weight loss and health goals. Just make sure that you get permission for it from your doctor and have a certified trainer to guide you along the way.


The author is a Boston personal trainer with lots of helpful fitness tips to offer to his readers. If you want to know of trainers in other areas look at this personal trainer directory .

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