How to Exercise with a Disability

Exercise is beneficial to the body both physically and mentally. The physical movement of your body releases endorphins that lift your mood and make you physically feel better. Of course, the movement also helps keep your muscles toned and healthy.  

For someone with a disability or an injury, the thought of exercising and receiving these health benefits may seem unattainable. The truth is, there are plenty of ways that you can exercise that will not impact your disability or cause more harm to your injuries. The most important thing to remember is that any exercise is better than none.  

Sitting Exercises  

If you have to remain seated because of your disability or injury, there are several ways that you can raise your heart rate a little and move your muscles for exercise. Try a resistance band, for example, to work out your arms, shoulders and upper body. Pulling the resistance band as far apart as you can and slowly allowing it to contract is a very powerful exercise that can improve your health and get those endorphins flowing.  

If you only can use your legs to exercise at this time, why not try a pedal exercise machine? These small machines can be set up at the foot of a chair.  You slip your feet into the stirrups and push. This exercise will increase your heart rate and get your blood pumping. This is also a great exercise for those who are trying to regain strength in their legs.  

There are also several other simple exercises that you can do with a disability that you may never have thought of in the past. Your disability is not a limitation, it is just a chance to be creative. Even something as simple as dedicating a short period of time to tipping your head from side to side as far as you can to each of your shoulders will improve muscle tone and help your body.  

Yes – Yes You Can  

Most people will find a reason that they cannot exercise or will not benefit from exercise if they take the time out of their day to do it. This applies to everyone, with or without a disability or injury. Most people simply say no.  

However, you can make time for exercise, and you can find a way to improve your health, regardless of your current physical state. A dedicated 15 minutes a day, every day, will make an improvement in your life. 

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