It can be difficult to stay active during the harsh weather and freezing temps during the winter months. But finding ways to stay healthy and keeping up with working out doesn’t have to be hard.
Many indoor fitness centers for people with disabilities offer a wide variety of adaptive equipment.
Here are some of the top-rated pieces of gym equipment for those needing disability fitness equipment:
- UBE or arm cycle – loosens your shoulder joints and is a good warm up
- Gripping gloves – allow you to hold an object to perform a lift or pull when using dumbbells or a weight machine
- Cuff weights – add resistance and weight
- Therabands – use for different levels of resistance
- A medicine ball, with or without handles
- Fitness timer – use it to set timing intervals
- A heavy boxing bag – can be used while seated
Taking fitness classes, like adaptive yoga, is also a great way to stay on track with your fitness goals. Yoga not only helps your balance it is also good for your stress levels. Check out Disabled Sports USA for adapted poses that may work for you.
Groups like the nationally recognized Healthways SilverSneakers program are specifically designed for seniors and people with disabilities to improve strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. SilverSneakers programs are offered throughout the U.S. and the group is a good way to have accountability for your fitness goals. Also, check out United Spinal’s Tech Guide for resources for a wide variety of adaptive exercise equipment.