The Best Exercises for Disabled People


It is difficult for most disabled people to move about freely. Therefore, exercise can be an issue, getting enough exercise is very important because it helps with circulation and blood flow. It is extremely important that disabled individuals do some form of exercise. There are a range of exercises that can help to keep the joints in working order and the muscles as supple as they can be. Disabled people who take some form of regular exercise are less likely to fall ill according to studies carried out by Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association.

Resistance Chords

Resistance chords are excellent for disabled people because you can use them even when sitting down. So, for people who are in a wheelchair these can be indispensable. The best way of using these is to tie one to a door handle, and grip the handles of the band with both hands. Pull the band towards you as if you were doing biceps curls. Do this 10 times on each side. You can perform this exercise three to four times a week.


Weights are excellent for toning the body and strengthening the bones, which is very important for disabled people. If you have never done any form of exercise before start with light weights, approximately 1 to lbs in weight. As your body gets used to the weight, you can increase this to heavier weights like 3 to 4 lb weights. Do three sets of 12 repetitions, and perform them at least three to four times a week.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an excellent exercise method for disabled people, fitness professionals at Disabled Sports USA stated that it strengthens your inner core. This is supposed to have an improvement on your overall health and well being. Tai Chi focuses on proper breathing and breath control. It is important that you practice the proper breathing technique in order to reap the benefits of performing Tai Chi. An excellent exercise to perform for disabled people is an exercise that focuses on toning the abdomen and the arms. To perform this exercise, place your arm on your thighs and push right arm up to the sky with your palm facing upwards. Push downwards with your left arm towards the floor, when you are performing this exercise it is vital that you breath in through your nose and slowly out through your mouth. Alternate arms and repeat this 18 to 20 times. You should feel centred and relaxed, and you should feel it working your stomach and arm muscles

Things to Consider

If you have never done any form of exercise before, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor first. If you are currently undergoing physiotherapy you should speak to your therapist and ask them to recommend some exercises that you could do at home. Remember, when you are exercising make sure you do not rush through the workout. Take proper breath control and focus on slow and steady movements.

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