It’s a new year, which for many people means new resolutions. If your resolution is to exercise more and you’re dealing with a spinal cord injury, it can be difficult. There are many resources available for finding an exercise regimen that works for you.
Check out the video series from the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System: http://sci.washington.edu/info/forums/reports/exercise_2013.asp
These videos give informative tips of why you should exercise, things to watch out for when exercising and guidelines for an exercise program.
Physiotherapy exercises is a free tool for creating an exercise program for people with injuries and disabilities: https://www.physiotherapyexercises.com/PTX.aspx?Lang=English
Every Body Fitness has something for everyone, including yoga: https://www.scitotalfitness.com/
Check out our recent interview with Kristin McNealus from Every Body Fitness: Click here.
The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is a public health practice and resource center for people with disability that seeks to help people with disability and other chronic health conditions achieve health benefits through increased participation in all types of physical and social activities, including fitness. The group prides themselves on creating healthy equity for people with disability by providing individualized information, referral and consultation services.
NCHPAD is the premier resource for information on physical activity, health promotion, and disability, serving persons with physical, sensory and cognitive disability across the lifespan. Check out the site here: http://www.nchpad.org/index.php
Also, this state-by-state resource guide is also helpful: http://www.sci-info-pages.com/state-resources.html
Lastly, exercise after a spinal cord injury can expedite the recovery process, in addition to offering myriad health benefits. Exercise has many benefits including:
- Improving mental health by reducing depression and anxiety
- Reducing the risk of cancer
- Improving symptoms of chronic pain
- Helping you avoid chronic illnesses such as diabetes and osteoporosis
- Reducing your risk of falls
- Improving your chances of living a longer life
Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!
Source (other than links listed in the story): https://www.unitedspinal.org/