The National Health Service (NHS), the publicly funded healthcare systems of the United Kingdom, has come out with a set of fitness advices for the wheelchair-users in the country, in order to bring to them important health benefits and help manage their daily life. Regular aerobic exercise – the kind that raises your heart rate and causes you to break a sweat – and muscle-strengthening exercise are just as important for the health and wellbeing of wheelchair users as they are for other adults.
Whatever your preferences and level of physical ability, there will be an activity or sport for you.
Physical activity does not have to mean the gym or competitive sport, though these can be great options. Activity can take many forms and happen in many places.
To improve your health, try to choose activities that improve your heart health and muscle strength. For general health, all adults aged 19 to 64, including wheelchair users, are advised to do at least 150 minutes a week of aerobic activity, plus strength exercises on 2 or more days a week.
Do not worry about hitting these targets straight away: it’s more important to do something active that you enjoy.
Find out more about physical activity guidelines for adults aged 19 to 64.
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