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Fitness Equipment For People with Disabilities

May 3, 2008
A good exercise program may be difficult to put together if you are disabled. Today, there are many more places that have fitness equipment designed especially for the disabled. In addition, if you were injured or temporarily disabled then this would be a good place for you to work through your recovery process.

One important piece of fitness equipment that people with disabilities use is the recumbent steppers. This allows people to use a step machine from a seated position. They are portable and are generally used on a hydraulic stepping machine, which responds to the amount of pressure applied. A recumbent stepper can help one improve balance, improve endurance, strengthen the lower body and lose weight without impacting the joints or back.

The recumbent bike is considered to be another popular piece of exercise equipment. People who are able to transfer to the bike seat use a standard recumbent bike. Sitting on the bike doesn't put as much pressure on the joints and back. If you suffer from arthritis and a loss of mobility in your joints this is a great machine as an alternative exercise.

Another option is an ergo meter, if you are confined to a wheelchair. The wheelchair is actually placed directly onto the machine. A table style workout for upper body exercises or an ergo machine placed on the floor for a lower body workout is an example of some of the other types of portable machines. Ergo meters are also great for cardiovascular and strength building exercises.

Sit-to-stand machines are a good idea for those trying to rehabilitate their muscles. People in wheelchairs can do sitting and standing workouts without the aid of a therapist doing any lifting. An adjustable seat is handy, as well as, the machine determining the percentage of assistance that you may need.

During the rehabilitation process, stretching machines are helpful and come in many different options. There are simple rollers placed on your shoes for ankle stretches and they are also found on full body machines. If you suffer from pain due to lack of flexibility from some of the prominent muscle groups you will find you will have increased flexibility over time. Stretching machines are also good in aiding you to improve your circulation and later prevent degenerative diseases like osteoporosis or arthritis.

Be sure to check with your physician prior to beginning any exercise program so that they can assist you in designing the best program suited for your rehabilitation needs. Without an approved workout by your doctor or therapist you could actually worsen your current situation.

Fun is definitely an important element in any exercise routine. You will be more effective and will look forward to each exercise workout. Listen to what your body is telling you. If you think you had enough for one day then stop and continue on some other time.
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