It should be no surprise the many benefits exercise has for the human body. Whether you’re a healthy adult or physically impaired, a regular exercise routine is the key to a long and healthy life.

Of course, being physically disabled or in a wheelchair limits some of your options compared to the average adult. However, it doesn’t limit your abilities or mind. As cliche as those two things sound, it’s true: allow yourself to believe you can workout and have a healthy body.

Start small.

A five minute exercise routine every other day will start you off in the right direction.

Special equipment is NOT needed to become healthy and fit. But it’s a good idea to consider all options, along with the ease of use and convenience much of the equipment provides.

Five Minute Exercise Routine for Wheelchair Users

These following exercises will first be a collection of easy exercises you can do on a routine basis.

Cardiovascular Activity

Whether it’s going around the block or sprinting in your wheelchair, performing cardiovascular activity of any kind provides immense benefits to your body.

All you need to do is first choose a form of cardio.

Do you prefer a longer pace, but still intense cardio?

Or do you prefer an intense, quick cardio that’s over in minutes?

For the long type, all you need to do is go out and start pushing yourself on a determined path.

For the quick, sprinting type, it’s best to get a hand bike of some sort, like a BerkelBIke hand bike or hand bike attachment for wheelchairs.

The nice thing about sprinting is that you don’t need to do it for long stretches of time to get the benefits of cardio.

Strength and Weightlifting Routine

It’s absolutely possible for wheelchair users to workout with weights. Many have done so and gotten amazing results.

The benefits of weightlifting are even more numerous than cardiovascular activities. And you can even start at home. All you need are a few sets of dumbbells and you don’t need to even consider a gym.

Daily Five Minute Workout with Invictus Active

Think of the Invictus Active as a cardio machine for wheelchair users.

You push yourself up the slight ramp and then stay in place. Then, you begin to push yourself and exert the same amount of force as someone exercising on a cardio bike or other machine.

Benefits include not having to leave home and the chance to get a quick, five minute workout in is increased. Also, there’s many Invictus Active classes that let you workout and be inspired with other wheelchair uses in addition to non-physically impaired people.

Benefits of Regular Five Minute Workout

So you’ve seen the way to work out for “five minutes” (and longer). Here’s the breakdown of the benefits:

  • Better cardiovascular health
  • Increased strength and lean mass
  • Fat burning
  • More positive mindset
  • Stay in shape and looking good

Now you know the benefits AND the right direction to start.