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Exercises for Wheelchair Bound Individuals
  17 Jul'2018

Exercise is defined as any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It is performed for various reasons, including strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance, and merely enjoyment. Physical exercise is important for maintaining physical fitness and can contribute positively to maintaining a healthy weight, building and maintaining healthy bone density, muscle strength, and joint mobility, promoting physiological well-being, reducing surgical risks, and strengthening the immune system.

 

Narayan Seva Sansthan is the best Charitable Organization for the help of the disabled. The Sansthan believes exercise is the main component of overall health of an individual and regular exercise can help people sustain their treatment and conquer disability. Working in the disability sector for more than 30 years now, Narayan Seva Sansthan is easily considered the Best NGO in India.

 

Requiring a wheelchair does not mean a person is confined to a sedentary, inactive lifestyle. Accessibility requirements and the growth of organizations dedicated to advancing a zest for life in all individuals regardless of injury or disability have created new standards for health and athleticism for wheelchair users. Wheelchair-bound individuals can engage in a wide variety of activities including exercise, adventure travel and competitive sports.

 

Yoga:

 

Traditional yoga encourages positive physical and mental health, according to various Health Organizations. Hatha yoga, the most popular yoga form which emphasizes physical poses called Asanas that stretch, tone and strengthen muscles, along with focused breathing that can help alleviate anxiety, stress and depression. Many Hatha yoga Asanas are performed seated, and can be engaged in while sitting in a wheelchair or ordinary kitchen chair. Consult an appropriately trained yoga instructor before beginning, in order to avoid any potential injury. Yoga practice should complement, not substitute for, your ongoing medical care or physical therapy.

 

Aerobic and Strength Training:

 

Aerobic exercise and strength training improve cardiovascular health and mobility for everyone, including people who use wheelchairs. Consistent daily exercise can ease skin problems associated with wheelchair use, increase your ability to get around with ease and, when done with friends, can provide a dose of fun and companionship.  Strength training can include isometric exercises like lifting up your body weight by pressing your hands down on the arms of the chair or free weight or resistance pulley systems at a gym, which also add an aerobic element.

 

Sports:

 

Wheelchair athletes may compete in specialized, separate events, but their athleticism is second to none. Many Organizations facilitate top-notch competition in sports like archery, billiards, basketball, swimming and wheelchair races. Anyone can participate in local wheelchair sports meets even without competition. Participating in sports activities conveys positive health and emotional benefits, whether or not on a wheelchair.

 

Travel:

 

Traveling to see new sites, meeting new people and learning about the world is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. The number of resorts, hotels and travel attractions around the world that welcome guests who use wheelchairs is rapidly expanding. Several guides, travel agencies and trip planners consistently help wheelchair-bound individuals to plan the adventure of a lifetime.

 

Proper Nutrition:

 

Proper nutrition is at least as important to health as exercise. When exercising, it becomes even more important to have a good diet to ensure that the body has the correct ratio of macro-nutrients whilst providing ample micronutrients, in order to aid the body with the recovery process following strenuous exercise.

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