An exercise plan that actually makes me sweat
May 26, 2014 5:39 AM Subscribe
So, I'm currently on a self-improvement kick that I'm looking to turn into a marathon. You might imagine that having cerebral palsy and being in a wheelchair adds a speedbump or two, and you'd be right. One of the things I've wanted to work on for a while has been my weight, flexibility and physical independence. I'm about 100 lbs overweight right now, and I know that much of the decrease in quality of life that I've experienced over the past few years has been my own doing. I either sit in the wheelchair, or a desk chair, or on a couch/bed. I never move. Ever. I know that needs to change, and I've spent considerable time researching wheelchair fitness, but haven't really found anything that fits my very particular needs.
posted by marsbar77 to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Most of what I've found has either been geared toward people who can't leave their chair at all/ aren't able to use certain muscles at all, older folks (I'm 24) for whom building muscle and losing weight isn't a priority and would be happy just to avoid a bed sore or broken hip) or wheelchair athletes in better shape than I currently am.
I need MeFi's help in developing a foundational routine that I can feel comfortable doing when I head to Planet Fitness 3 or 4 times a week.
A couple of points to consider:
- I'm 5'8, about 270ish
- I can get in/out of my chair pretty easily
- I'm pretty spastic right now. Things like the eliptical or the stationary bike freak me out because I feel like I might fall even getting on them. Even if I did, I couldn't bend my legs enough to use them properly or effectively. This is why I'm especially interested in flexibility exercises, and things that will work out my less-used muscles while decreasing tone in the spastic ones.
- I'd like to burn a decent amount of calories per session
- I need to find things to do that help, rather than aggravate my scoliosis and the lower back pain that comes with it.
YANMD/PT/T, and I know mine is a tough situation to put in any one box, but I'm hoping I can at least get an idea of what I should be looking to do instead of sitting at home, putting more and more weight on.