Can People In Wheelchairs Go To The Gym?
There are many stigmas and misconceptions surrounding people with disabilities. Take wheelchair users, for instance; a common one is that they can’t lead active lifestyles and go to the gym like everyone else. However, this couldn’t be further from reality. With a little bit of planning, research, and forethought, people in wheelchairs can absolutely go to the gym and stay active. Here’s how:
Find an Adaptive Fitness Facility
The first thing people with disabilities can do is to find a place that caters to their unique needs. This way, they’ll know some machines and exercises are accessible to them. This is where our Personal Trainers play a crucial role in breaking barriers. While some gyms are receptive and set up to help people in wheelchairs, some aren’t, so it’s important to find an adaptive facility who are able and willing to give them a hand.
In Adelaide, there are few fitness centres specialising in helping people with disabilities. Fit Your Ability Adelaide is one.
Ask Help From The Right People
While the staff at most gyms are more than happy to assist people with disabilities in whatever way they can, some may not have the experience, understanding, and qualifications to help. Likewise, if there’s something you or someone you know is struggling with, it’s great to have someone knowledgeable and experienced on the side. Fit Your Ability is home to highly qualified NDIS-registered Personal Trainers passionate about helping people with disability make the most of their lives through exercise and fitness. Covering seven major cities in the country, we offer in-home and mobile personal training designed to cater to various unique needs.
Focus on What You Can Do, Not What You Can’t Do.
It’s important to remember that just because there are some exercises or machines you can’t do, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great workout. Plenty of other options available will still give you a challenging and effective workout. So instead of fixating on what you can’t do, focus on what you can do and make the most of it.
Once you’ve found an accessible gym or an NDIS-qualified mobile personal trainer to come to you, they can help you modify exercises so that you’re still getting a great workout even though you’re using a wheelchair. For example, if you’re looking to build upper body strength, your NDIS Personal Trainer can show you how to use weight machines or free weights in a way that’s safe for you.
The main thing to remember is that people with disabilities should be treated just like everyone else. That means that gyms should be accessible to them, and they should be able to use all of the equipment and facilities just like anyone else.
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