Wheelchair Exercise Equipment

Utilizing wheelchair exercise equipment, as part of an ongoing fitness regime, can help mobility chair users maintain a healthy weight, improve cardiovascular health, decrease stress, and increase strength.

Many wheelchair users find it frustrating or impossible to work out at local gyms and fitness centers because of the lack of accessible exercise equipment. That's why some fitness-conscious individuals are opting for in-home wheelchair exercise systems, which are specifically designed for accessibility, convenience and performance.

If you are interested in an in-home system, first consult with your doctor or physical therapist. Discuss your equipment needs and the type of workout plan he or she recommends. Then, it's time to begin researching equipment options. Factors to consider when selecting wheelchair exercise equipment include your budget, available space in your home or apartment, physical needs, and abilities.

Depending on the type of equipment you use, you can exercise certain muscle parts or get a complete, whole body workout. The following are examples of the type of fitness equipment available for wheelchair users:

  • Pedal exerciser – A pedal exerciser can be placed on a table to exercise your arms, improve circulation, and increase muscle strength. You can also put it on the floor to exercise your lower body.
  • Upper body ergometer – An upper body ergometer is similar to a pedal exerciser, but it engages almost all of the muscles in the upper body.
  • Pulley system – A pulley system is a complete line of pulleys with various weight options and attachments. A pulley system increases the range of motion in your arms, stimulates your muscles, and allows you to exercise your upper body safely and easily.
  • Push-pull system – Fitness machines using this type of technology allows users to get a cardiovascular workout, while toning the upper body and rehabilitating the shoulders.

As you research wheelchair exercise equipment, contact manufacturers directly. Talk with representatives, request brochures, check references from past buyers and review company websites. If you like what you've seen and heard, ask where or how you can personally try out the equipment. If possible, have your doctor or physical therapist with you when you test the equipment. Before finalizing your purchase, ask about warranties, delivery, set-up and servicing.

It is important to note that you do not need a fitness system to get an effective workout. Your healthcare professional can design a workout program for you that uses body bands, free weights or other exercise aids.

Yet, if you prefer using fitness equipment, some of the leading manufacturers with an online presence include Accessible Designs, Endorphin, Lotech Solutions. GPK, and RehaMed International.

Related Information

Wheelchair Exercises
Wheelchair Sports
Wheelchair Dancing

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