Keeping fit is key to keeping your body and mind active even for those who suffer from limited or total paralysis of their legs. Yet because of physical disabilities and perhaps even chronic pain, these people might find it difficult or impossible to exercise. It is therefore important to find the right type of fitness activity for this group of people, as regular exercise will no doubt significantly improve their general quality of life. The following are three pieces of fitness equipments that could be easily customized to suit individual’s abilities and exercise needs, making it easy to add them to existing rehabilitation Programs or adopted within any fitness training schedule.
Invictus Active Trainer
The Invictus Active Trainer is targeted at manual wheelchair users to help them predominantly train the upper body. It is flexible enough to be used for a variety of different purposes, including training arm and shoulder muscles, building core muscles that would help with balance and stability as well as increasing speed and agility for high intensity sports.
At its most basic level, the trainer can help wheelchair users to strengthen their pushing technique because it is designed to stimulate pushing on the road. The rollers, in which the wheel sits on, provide resistance that builds up as you continue to push. The key to getting the most out of your training is to ensure that you maintain a constant speed throughout. Aim for at least 3mph on your first few tries and you will be able to feel the effects in about 5 minutes. You can also add on sensors and heart rate monitors to keep track of your performance on your personal devices.
YouBike is a stationary bike aimed at engaging both the arms and legs at the same time. It is designed for professional rehabilitation purposes as well as for home-based recovery programs. Through utilizing the machine, it hopes to introduce cardiovascular fitness and encourage better limb coordination as well as a host of other benefits, including improving endurance, strength and balance. It is suitable for use from a wheelchair or on the bed, making it accessible for people who suffering from a wide range of disabilities such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons Disease.
It is made from carbon fiber, a material that ensures that the machine to be sturdy, portable and lightweight at the same time. There are also two securing straps that secure the user to the floor plate or to the bed. It can also be folded down to make it compact enough for home storage. You can also monitor your vitals and progress via the in-built device in the YouBike machine.
Among the three brands mentioned in this article, Berkel Bike is the only one that is designed for use outdoors and indoors. This helps increase the mobility for those with no use or limited use of their lower limbs as well as provide an alternative avenue for them to work out their arms and legs to power the bike.
Berkel Bike combines its hardware with its award-winning Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) system that allows those who have completely lost use of their legs to be able to pedal again. This is done through electric pulses that are transmitted to the nerves that cause the muscles to contract. Studies have shown that such electrically stimulated cycling has led users to enjoy improved blood flow, a higher sense of self-esteem and other health benefits.