How to lose weight – the disabled way

Movement is difficult for many disabled people, so it’s not easy to burn calories and stay at a healthy weight. You can stay at a healthy weight by monitoring the food you eat or you can exercise to burn those extra calories. Exercise as a disabled person burns more calories because of the extra effort you have to put into it. You may only be able to manage a few minutes on the treadmill but you’re likely to have burnt as many calories as the non-disabled person that was on there for longer than you.  We recommend that you use a heart monitoring device while training as your heart rate will tell you how many calories you are burning.

Some of you may be put off by going to the swimming pool as many pools have a hoist not a ramp.  Many feel that with a ramp you can discreetly get in and out of a pool while you can’t when using a hoist. When you’re already conscious about your body and getting into a pool full of able bodied users you know that they’re staring and it’s just not very appealing. It puts you off the whole idea.  When you’re ready to go for a swim we recommend that you go with a family or friend member for morale support and who can help you with getting in and out of the pool.

But it’s not just the staring. Even though public gyms may claim to be accessible, the reality can be different. Gym equipment can appear daunting for the beginner. For example hand-bikes, which are a great cardiovascular workout for paraplegics, the saddle is quite small or when pedalling it can be difficult trying to cling on. However many gyms offer a free session with a personal trainer. You can learn a lot about the gym equipment such as the stepping machine and the gym ball, as well as how to do stretches and twists, which are suitable for you. You may even decide to set up a small gym in your own home! You will feel so much better for it.

Here at More Than Mobility we know that not all disabled people are the same and many people may have many more difficulties achieving weight loss/ staying at a healthy weight. Your disability will limit the types of exercises you can do. So that’s where we recommend that monitoring what you eat has to come first.

More Than Mobility Team
www.morethanmobility.com

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