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Exercise is important, whether you are or are not disabled. There have been many developments to ensure that it is just as accessible for disabled people to get a good workout. Exercising can help reduce aches and pains associated with arthritis, keep muscles from atrophying in powered-wheelchair users, and can help develop muscles in manual wheelchair users. Arm ergometers are the main at-home exercise equipment associated with manual wheelchair use. An ergometer is a device with two “pedals” sticking out on the side, and it is mounted on a table. The user grabs the pedals, and cycles against a resistance to build muscle strength. Ergometers come with specialized grips to fit any limits of hand grasp. Hand Exercise Grips are useful for disabled people with full hand grasp, to build arm strength and ease joints. Exercise Balls (medicine balls) are also useful to build strength in those with a limited range of hand grasp. Swimming is another exercise for the disabled. Most pools have made accommodations in the forms of lifts and specialized ladders to allow anyone to enter the pool and exercise.

A home Ergometer
A home Ergometer
A hand grip
A hand grip
A medicine ball
A medicine ball
A disabled swimmer
A disabled swimmer


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