Many wheelchair users struggle with weight maintenance since losing weight usually means moving your body to burn calories. When mobility is limited, losing weight can be difficult. But it’s not impossible. Check out these tips for ways to help shed a few pounds.
Tip 1 – Eat Fewer Calories
Diet plays a big role in weight maintenance. Eating a healthy diet is important for everyone, but especially for individuals with no or very limited mobility. Eating fewer calories doesn’t necessarily mean eating less food. You just want to replace high-calorie food (i.e., processed food) with lower-calorie, fiber-plentiful food (i.e., fruits and vegetables).
Tip 2 – Get in the Pool
If you are able, going for a swim is a great way to burn calories. In addition, it works out the muscles in your upper body and gets your heart pumping!
Tip 3 – Try Adaptive Sports
There are a wide variety of adaptive sports you can try that will help with weight maintenance. You can seek out intense sports such as wheelchair rugby, basketball, or tennis, or you can keep it a little more mellow with, say, a leisurely spin on a hand cycle or a round of golf.
Tip 4 – Hit the Gym
Many gyms offer adaptive equipment wheelchair users can access in order to work out. Lifting weights or working out on a crank bike can increase heart rate while burning calories. Contact a gym near you to discuss your goals to see what they can offer. (Check out how this paraplegic goes to the gym)
Maintaining weight can be tricky no matter what your mobility status is. But developing healthy eating habits and adding in some exercise to your daily routine is a great way to start!
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