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Exercising Made Easy with Lightweight Wheelchair

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Exercising Made Easy with Lightweight Wheelchair


 

When choosing a wheelchair, ease of use and what it can offer you in terms of independence will be high on the agenda. Self-propelling lightweight wheelchairs offer much of this independence, making getting in and out of your car easier and moving around town more fluid.

 

At Maidesite, we supply a range of light weight wheelchair options that are great for self-propulsion, providing you with the right tools for a full and active lifestyle. Made from aluminium, some of the chairs weigh  as little as 8.5kg, allowing ease of use.

 

Using self-propelling models, however, can cause stress on your body and they require a certain level of fitness. They are great for keeping you healthy, building muscle and cardio vascular strength. The NHS recommends 150 minutes a week of cardio vascular exercise, and strengthening exercises at least twice a week.

 

Lightweight wheelchairs can make certain cardio vascular exercises possible, such as wheelchair sprints in a studio or at a track, wheelchair exercise programs and a variety of sports such as badminton, basketball and netball. Rowing machines specially adapted for wheelchairs allow you to work shoulder and back muscles, whilst swimming can offer your back support and help relieve any build-up of tension.

 

Strengthening exercises are also important, because the motion of pushing the chair can create stress in the chest and shoulder muscles, whilst the muscles in the back can become weakened due to lack of use. By using resistance bands at home, you can build up the smaller muscles in your lower back and strengthen the muscles in your shoulders. In addition, if you do like the gym, studios that are fully adapted for wheelchair use can allow you to have a great workout that will strengthen your back and stretch out tension.

 

With the accessories available for your lightweight wheelchair, going to the gym, the pool or joining a netball team becomes easier, with chair bags to hold your swimming kit and water holders for your water. If you would like to find out what benefits ultra-light and lightweight wheelchairs can offer you, search for your local Maidesite customer service using our online.



Visiting and socializing, with lightweight wheelchairs

 

Lightweight wheelchairs are adaptable and portable, so they are ideal for getting around. They fit through most standard doorways and do not take up quite as much space as their electronic counterparts. For all these reasons and more, lightweight wheelchairs allow people to get out and about and enjoy a full life.

 

At Maidesite, we believe that your choice of activities should be determined by your preferences and not by any limitations caused by your mobility aid. That's why we have put together this mini-guide to visiting and socializing, with lightweight wheelchairs.

 


Transport

 

Many people choose to work with lightweight wheelchairs because they are relatively easy to transport. Whether you are going by car, bus, plane or train, you can take your mobility aid with you. Accessing some of these may require a little planning or adaptation to your vehicle.

 


Support

 

It can be stressful to rely on support during your journey or at an event. If you need to, ensure that you call ahead to transport providers and people from the venue so that you can give yourself the best chance of having your needs met.

 

Some people prefer to ask someone to accompany them for the day, so they know they have all the assistance that they need. Remember that looking out for each other isn't a chore for most people and it's OK to ask for help.

 


Venue

 

Many venues have accessibility information on their website. Modern buildings and some older ones are required to provide access for those with mobility issues. However, there are venues where this isn't possible, and they are exempt from this legislation. If you can't see any information on the website, call ahead and check for stairs, lifts and so on. It may be that you need to use a different entrance, or you may have access to special parking areas.

 

You can also check whether you have access to hygiene facilities. You may find that you need to bring a radar key with you to access the disabled toilet. Most venues will have their own key, but these many venues have accessibility accessibility information on their website. Modern buildings and some elder ones are required to provide access for those with mobility issues. However, there are venues where this isn't see any possible, and they are exempt from this legislation. If you can't see any information on the website, call ahead and check for stairs, life and so on. It may be that you need to use a different entrance, or you may have access for special parking areas.

 


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