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  • How do you stay in shape if you use a power chair?

    I will be using a power chair at least half a day after I get my first van later this month. It's a Permobil C500 and a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan.

  • #2
    You have to control your diet and workout like a mad man. PM me and I can make some suggestions.
    ^^(A)^^

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    • #3
      Find a cardio type exercise you can do in your wheelchair (such as using a hand ergometer) or an exercise you can do in addition to or instead of wheelchair pushing (such as hand cycling, swimming, etc.).

      (KLD)
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      • #4
        I have a handcycle. I haven't used it much because I was sick for most of last year. I have been wheelchair pushing for 42 years. Am I doing something harmful?

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        • #5
          Dumbells, Exercise bands, Heavy Bag hanging in garage, pool.. Eat good, ab crunches every morning. full body deep tissue massage every month.
          - Rolling Thru Life -

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Uncle Peter View Post
            I have a handcycle. I haven't used it much because I was sick for most of last year. I have been wheelchair pushing for 42 years. Am I doing something harmful?
            How are your shoulders holding up?

            All the best,
            GJ

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            • #7
              Hello Uncle Peter,

              I used a specialized piece of equipment named "Upper Tone". It is designed by a Quadriplegic for Quads/Tetras. It has worked well for me and I would recommend it. You can view information about it here: http://quadriplegia.com

              Good luck.

              Millard

              Note: Since using a power chair, I go many more places that I ever went on crutches or a manual chair and I have no shoulder problems!
              Last edited by Millard; 07-15-2014, 09:16 AM.
              Millard
              ''Life's tough... it's even tougher if you're stupid!'' -- John Wayne

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              • #8
                Originally posted by roc21 View Post
                Dumbells, Exercise bands, Heavy Bag hanging in garage, pool.. Eat good, ab crunches every morning. full body deep tissue massage every month.
                Can you elaborate on what you do with a heavy bag? Just boxing or other exercises?

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                • #9
                  The problems I have with the Upper Tone is it's expensive, it's heavy, not portable and it's large and takes up way to much space. Don't forget you not only need room for the equipment but if your in a chair you need lots of room to move around it. You can get a great workout with wrist weights, dumbbells, thumb weights which ever you can handle and some theraband. Be creative you can do more than you think a good hour long workout a day, lots of water and a clean diet will keep you in good shape.
                  ^^(A)^^

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                  • #10
                    I sent you a PM
                    ^^(A)^^

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                    • #11
                      see below.........
                      - Rolling Thru Life -

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tomsonite View Post
                        Can you elaborate on what you do with a heavy bag? Just boxing or other exercises?
                        I punch-- fast and high reps- get heart going and shoulders burning. I also do this exercise where i sit where bag is about almost arms length away. using flat palm I push bag so it swings forward and out of reach, as it swings back towards me i (with open hand) catch/absorb the momentum, but not with a locked arm, allow it to move your arm back a little to chest, and just repeat. Keep it going back and forth, i usually do about 25 reps. it gives shoulder a nice workout and also your core.
                        - Rolling Thru Life -

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                        • #13
                          All I can say is that it is tough when your shoulders are shot and painful. I have cut my calories down to less than 2000 and that does not seem to be enough. Cutting down on calories has resulted in a need for more fiber supplements to keep my bowels working. Every time I think I have figured out how to control my weight something else pops up. Arrrgg!
                          You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                          http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                          See my personal webpage @
                          http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                          • #14
                            I use a rickshaw (it's the exercise machine you push down on) with lighter weights for various amounts of time. Typically I try to go for 200 reps inside 5 min. That'll get your heart beating pretty good. Then I add some weight to get my muscles stronger. It works a whole bunch of stuff and it's low impact. I'd be all up on a upper body exercise machine that works well.
                            C-5/6, 7-9-2000
                            Scottsdale, AZ

                            Make the best out of today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. Nobody knows that better than those of us that have almost died from spinal cord injury.

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                            • #15
                              Beware of rickshaws. Although they can provide exercise and strengthen triceps, the push-up like motion they use is the worst thing for the shoulder joints. It can be a quick trip to the orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine specialist for treatment of the shoulder impingement syndrome and pain.
                              You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                              http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                              See my personal webpage @
                              http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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