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Strength Training with a Disability

More Strength Means Greater Independence

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  • Finally the kind of exercise article I've been looking for! I have had to modify every other exercise routine I've found (from sparkpeople and elsewhere) in order to do them. I have a unique situation with my disability. I am afflicted with RSD in my right leg. It affects my skin, muscles and bones with burning pain 24/7. I cannot bear full weight on that leg and only bend it about 30 degrees. Since I am on crutches and uneven weight bearing I now have back problems. I go to physical therapy for the back pain. I am allowed to do any exercise I am up to doing per doctors' orders (orthopedic and pain mgmt.) but with the limited mobility most exercises have to be greatly modified (by me) so I know I don't do justice to them. Before this all I had was a tape for people over 50 that I could not do a lot of even though they did show you how to do some with less impact. This is the kind of thing I've been looking for. Thank you!! - 10/1/2008 7:37:17 AM
  • Hi
    this article is great! I am wheelchair user (i have spina bifida since) and been looking for something to help with losing weight, which I have gain a bit this past year due to health issues.
    Thanks! - 9/16/2008 10:28:01 PM
  • I've been a member since 3/18/08, and due to my disability, I am always looking for articles that deal with this issue and exercising. Am I ever glad I found this today. It must be a blessing, because it has been a topic of conversation on one of my Spark Teams....."Disabilities & Handicaps." Thank you.

    Shirley - 9/10/2008 5:40:46 PM
  • I really am glad to have found this article. I have back problems and have not been able to exercise. Articles like these give me motivation! - 8/31/2008 10:50:46 PM
  • RAZORBACK5
    Thank you for caring about the disabled. I had polio and am in a wheelchair. I am so glad to learn about these exercises. God bless to all. Thanks......Shawlene - 7/21/2008 4:23:02 PM
  • I love this. These are things I can do with my disabilities.I am actually in the prossess of printing iut 12 of the printed version of the video to share with my Friends that I have a group meeting with at Cleveland Clinic. Im hoping that they will all join me here.
    Thank You - 5/14/2008 2:21:03 PM
  • BARBBAKER1102
    Thanks for this article...I hurt my ankle in a freakish accident and have been wondering should I try to exercise it.BarbBaker1102 - 5/14/2008 1:51:38 AM
  • NANNASNOTSOFAT
    2 years ago I broke my wrist badly and though it healed I have been left with a weak wrist.
    Because of this I have avoided srtength exercises. But this morning I picked up 2 cans of baked beans and did just a few and Guess what? I had no pain.
    I will include this into my exercise plans from now on.
    I think that perhaps l should have been given this advice by my Doctor.
    Trust Spark People to come up with this solution. You are WONDERFUL. - 4/27/2008 9:17:15 AM
  • Been waiting for this article! don't know why it took so long to "pop up"! - 4/13/2008 4:04:53 PM
  • THANKS FOR THE GOOD PEP TALK. I AM STARTING THE SPARKS PROGRAM IN THE MORNING. I TO HAVE A DISABILITY. I AM ON KIDNEY DIALYSIS AND NOT ABLE TO WALK. I ALSO HAVE ARTRITIS IN MY KNEEA, I WAS SO GLAD TO SEE YOUR ARTICLE ABOUT EXERCISING WITH DISABILITY. E MAIL ME WITH ENCOURAGEMENT. mlester12@nc.rr.com - 3/30/2008 2:13:33 PM
  • I absolutely loved this article because I am a wheelchair user that has lost weight after gastric bypass and this is a great addition to my program all in one article. Demonstrating exercises makes it more real to me and I tried them all and I can do most of them seated in my chair. This is motivating me to get stronger so that I can get back in the pool for Aquatic therapy and recover some of the strength I have lost from not moving. I am psyched to go again - kudos for this article! Yes, we can move! Yes, we can exercise. Remember that strength training builds muscle and muscle helps to raise your metabolism :) - 3/28/2008 7:41:18 PM
  • Thanks for the article. While I do not have a major disability I was born with a hand deformity. It makes some things difficult. I have had to use a wrist strap to do some excersices. - 3/6/2008 9:36:58 AM
  • thankyou at last someone who cares about us disabled, have'nt been able to exercise till now, and hope these tips and the step by step instuctions will help me burn the calories - 1/29/2008 10:08:54 AM
  • At last, advice for those of us who are physically disabled, THANK YOU. I really hope this helps me lose weight... - 1/26/2008 5:45:36 PM
  • I'm really impressed that SP has an article regarding exercise for the disabled! I took a Pilates college course, and the prof was surprised at how much I built myself up to do. Thanks again for addressing the disabled. - 1/22/2008 10:18:53 AM

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