Eric, a tetraplegic from Singapore, uses an exercise band, also known as a Thera-band to do most of his home workouts and it doesn’t require anyone’s assistance.
One of the work outs involves hooking the band on one of the handles at the back of his wheelchair and stretching it upwards to train his triceps. “It also helps in balancing,” he shares, as you strengthen your core muscles and understand your stability. For those without the ability to move tricep muscles, Eric hooks the band on the handle of his chair and stretches it towards the front. “It’s all up to you and what kind of strength you use,” he says, in regards to the Thera-band.
You can also benefit from Thera-band exercises without using your wheelchair. Looping the band around your hands and stretching it in outwards, helps with your chest muscles. “Every little bit helps, once you keep doing this that will slow down your muscle wastage.” Eric shares.
For his biceps, instead on using a dumb bell, Eric uses a kettle bell to avoid grip issues. “I can do up to 6kg…but it’s really up to an individual.”
“There are a lot of things that you can do. You just got to…explore different ways to do it,” Eric suggests. Just be sure to be safe and avoid injury.
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