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Here are a few exercises for disabled people with varying abilities, so you can achieve a long-term goal to get fitter, or simply keep active.
There’s a huge array of exercises for disabled people, and just as many ways to tailor them to fit your needs. For each exercise below, I have listed whom they’re suitable for, the method and any modifications.
1. Sit to stand increase lower body strength and stability. Suitable for: Conditions where you have some control over your lower body.
Method: Perch your bottom at the front edge of a seat with your feet flat on the floor, behind your knees. Tilt the upper body forward slightly and attempt to push yourself up with your legs into a fully standing position. Slowly lower yourself back down into the seated position you started in.
2. Seated tricep dips strengthen your triceps, chest and the front of your shoulders. Strengthening those parts of the body will be particularly useful if you transfer from a wheelchair.
Suitable for: Conditions where you have good strength in your upper body.
Method: Sitting, place your hands on the armrests of your wheelchair or another chair. Make sure they are directly beneath your shoulders. Push yourself up until your arms are fully extended, then slowly lower yourself down until you are fully seated again.
3. Seated knee raises strengthen the hip flexors – the muscles around your hip that help it to move
Suitable for: Conditions where you have some control over your lower body.
Method: When seated, raise one knee upwards until your foot is several inches off the ground. Lower slowly and repeat the process. Once you’ve completed a set on one side, repeat this on the other leg.
4. Reverse Crunches strengthen your abdominal muscles
Suitable for: Conditions where you have some control over your abdominal muscles.
Method: Start in a seated position on the floor with your knees bent at 90 degrees. Gradually lower your upper body backwards until you are laying flat on the floor, facing upwards. Get yourself back into the seated position in any way you can, and repeat the lowering process. Try to roll the spine as you lower down, ensuring that each vertebra touches the mat one by one.
5. Back exercises – dorsal raises and seated back extensions Abdominal exercises need to be balanced out with an exercise that will work your lower back muscles.
Dorsal rise suitable for: Those who are comfortable getting onto the floor and back up from it.
Dorsal raise method: Start the exercise lying face down. Bring your fingertips to your temples and spread your elbows wide. Raise your head and shoulders up from the floor at the same time as your thighs. Slowly lower without relaxing completely by preventing the arms from touching the floor.
Seated back extension suitable for: Those who use a wheelchair and can’t get down onto the floor.
Method for seated back extension: In your wheelchair, or seated on any other stable platform, bend over from the waist until your upper body is facing down toward the floor. From this position, slowly extend the head and back to bring yourself to an upright position and repeat the movement.