Getting Active and Sustaining a Healthy Lifestyle
Updated: Sep 6
Adopting a healthy lifestyle and establishing good habits can make all the difference in how you feel physically and mentally. Physical activity is one of many ways a healthy lifestyle can be achieved. Working out reduces the risks of stress, depression, and disease. All that’s needed is commitment and a strategy to stick with. In this article, we will focus on getting in shape and ways to maintain an active lifestyle. Below are the top-rated exercises we recommend for mobility users to try. Let’s get started!
Using a resistance band with repetitive, sharp motions can build and strengthen muscles. Shoulder retractions
Sit straight and raise your arms to a 90-degree angle at shoulder level. Push both arms straight out in front of you, extending as far as possible without locking the joints. Bend the elbows and pull your arms back until your elbows are slightly behind your torso, squeezing the shoulder blades together and then repeat the motion.
Mobility users oftentimes don’t have lower body movements, but, it’s still a good rule of thumb to strengthen your muscles. You can do knee lifts to build strength in your legs. You can do this simply by lifting your knees as high as possible.
Since being in a wheelchair requires constantly using your arms, you should perform an exercise targeting this body part. Arm raises are excellent exercise because it’s easy, and you can add weights for strength training.
Playing sports can help you feel fitter, healthier, and mentally stronger, plus sports can be fun! Especially when played as part of a team or with family or friends. Once you find a sport that suits you, see what organizations are available near you to join! Below are accessible sports we recommend learning about to see if it’s worth trying out. From there, be ready to reach new heights and have fun!
Gyms to try out
While you might think that gyms are more suited for able-bodied persons, they offer a wide range of equipment to suit any individual. Training at a gym versus at home allows isolated focus and access to personal trainers who can show you how to do exercises safely and correctly. Another benefit to joining a gym is the socialization opportunities. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get a new workout buddy and give each other exercise tips! Below is a list of well-known accessible gyms to check out!
Before exercising regularly, you should seek medical guidance from your doctor or physical therapist, who can advise you on what activities may suit your medical conditions, needs, and capabilities.
To stay active, there are many different workouts to try! You only need effort, consistency, and time to find your routine. We hope you have fun on your new journey!