While most of us know that basketball and tennis can be played in a wheelchair, did you know that fencing, table tennis, softball and skiing are also Paralympic wheelchair sports?
While the closest most of us will get to this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio will be watching it on TV, the games are a great reminder of the many opportunities for getting out and keeping active when you have limited mobility.
The Benefits of Keeping Active
Along with a healthy diet, keeping active is integral to everyone’s physical health, but for people with limited mobility, the benefits are even more far-reaching.
Keeping physically active or playing sport can:
- provide a social opportunity to discuss common experiences and ways of overcoming challenges
- enhance your mood and prevent or alleviate stress and depression
- Improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance, and give you more energy for daily living
- assist with weight control
- reduce the risk of diabetes, some cancers, osteoporosis and arthritis
- develop and maintain joint flexibility, muscular strength and balance.
Importantly, sport helps develop independence and confidence, and it’s a great way to just have fun!
Choosing Your Sport or Activity
The choice of sporting activities for people with disabilities and limited mobility is almost endless. You may like to consider:
- canoeing and kayaking
- lawn bowls
- martial arts
- tenpin bowling
- plus many more.
The opportunities for people with disabilities or limited mobility have greatly expanded, as the barriers to participation continue to come down. There’s no reason you can’t choose an activity that works best for you.
If competitive sport isn’t for you, you might enjoy taking a yoga, tai chi or aquasize class. Swimming pools are a great place to be active at your own pace.
Working out at the gym is not just about rehabilitation, it’s about maintaining your optimal fitness and reaching personal goals. A growing number of gyms offer accessible and inclusive equipment and exercise programs designed to suit your abilities and goals.
Calling All Surfers!
People living with a disability often miss out on the simple things in life, like a day at the beach and a swim in the surf. But new developments in technology and equipment are now making the surf more accessible.
Ask our team about the Wavejet, a motorised, wirelessly-controlled surfboard that allows people with a disability to enjoy surfing, without needing to use their arms and legs to paddle.
Recently, the Power Mobility team took the Wavejet to Noosa and invited a group of occupational therapists along to try it out. If you’d like to find out more about the Wavejet, drop into our showroom to see it for yourself or download the brochure here!
Getting involved is easy!
We also have a close relationship with the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association. This fantastic organisation helps people of all abilities to get involved in sport at the level of their choice – whether it’s just for fun or to compete and represent. You can find out more at sportingwheelies.org.au.
Physical activity is vital to quality of life and offers both short and long-term health benefits. At Power Mobility, we believe in empowering you to get more out of life through increased mobility. If you’d like more information about getting mobile and getting active, contact one of our friendly team members today.