How can I be more active as a wheelchair user?

October 26, 2015 | 11:09 am | By Pants Up Easy

When faced with adversity, you have two options: allow it to limit you, or carry on living your life as best you can. Is there any question which is better? For instance, if you’re in a wheelchair, it can be easy to be discouraged about your lifestyle. But just because you are now in a wheelchair doesn’t mean you can’t live a full, happy life. There are at least 1.7 million wheelchair users in the United States, and many of them are doing amazing things in spite of whatever disability or adversity they face.

Interested in becoming a more active wheelchair user? Then read on to find out how:

Exercise is always healthy

Even though you’re in a wheelchair, there are still plenty of exercises you can do. Some extra arm strength is very beneficial for wheelchair users, so why not purchase a small set of dumbbells? They don’t have to be heavy; you’ll be using these weights to build up strength, not bulk up. Simple dumbbells can be purchased rather inexpensively from stores like Wal-Mart.

Additionally, take yourself for a little stroll around the block or down to the corner store for some extra exercise. It will also help your arm strength, and it allows you to get out of the house for a bit – something that’s imperative for your sanity.

Look for a wheelchair sport league in your area

Years ago, the documentary world was abuzz over the film “Murderball”, which detailed the borderline-crazy sport of wheelchair rugby. If you’re unfamiliar, rugby is a pretty violent sport to begin with, and wheelchair rugby is no exception. We’re not advocating you try this activity, but the movie did help increase interest in wheelchair sports.

There are now a variety of different wheelchair sports out there, such as basketball, softball, track and even fencing. These athletes aren’t letting anything set them back, and you should follow suit. If you’re interested in wheelchair sports leagues in your area, the internet is your best resource. Check out sites such as the homepage for the Wheelchair Sports Federation.

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