Should People With Disabilities Workout?
Yes for those who know their bodies and know that they can workout. Plus you can get your doctors or your medical team to sign a release form for you to workout. This will give you a better quality of life for you and your loved ones.
Living with a wheelchair, walker, brace or having mobility issues is hard, but not impossible. Working out and playing sports brings on a better quality of life, making it healthier and therefore more enjoyable for you. Some like to workout. Some like to play sports. Some like to do both.
For those of you with mobility issues, when the lower body (legs, lower back and rectusy abdominals) are weaker, you can workout your upper body to make it stronger. This way you can pull your own body weight when you have to as well.
Many people who are partially paralyzed play murder ball in their wheel chairs, wearing crash helmets while being on a team. They play this every week as they are able to, in chairs designed for this sport. This is a high intensity sport with an equal intensity workout. Win or lose, they all come out of the game feeling like they accomplished something.
There are wheel chair basketball teams where they play every week. There are full marathon athletes who use sport specific wheel chairs. Some of these athletes are paralized. Some are missing one or both legs. Other athletes do these marathons on one or two metal legs.
When doing your exercises for the first time, get a certified and insured personal trainer to help you. Make sure that you get one whose ceritification is recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine. Also ask them if they had training in special populations. Ask them if they are CPR/AED certified. Get three good references, unless you know this person yourself. Make sure they put safety first. This way you will be trained in a safe manor, with form first. As a CPT, myself, this is very important.
For those of you who have Fibromyalgia, who can workout, make sure that you get your CPT with extra certification for this, because this is personal training for Firbromyalgia alone.
Remember, you are worth it.
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