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Life After SCI: Strategies for Maintaining an Active Lifestyle

Staying Active with SCI: Tips and Strategies

Staying active with a spinal cord injury (SCI) is an important part of overall health and well-being. It can help improve cardiovascular health, muscle strength, and bone density. It can also reduce the risk of complications like pressure sores and depression.

There are many different ways to stay active with a spinal cord injury. The best type of activity for you will depend on your individual level of injury, your fitness level, and your interests.

Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic exercise is any activity that gets your heart rate up and keeps it up for a sustained period of time. Examples of aerobic exercise for people with spinal cord injuries include wheelchair sports (basketball, rugby, tennis), swimming, handcycling, and using a rowing machine adapted for upper body use.

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Strength Training

Strength training is important for building muscle strength and improving bone density. This can help to reduce the risk of complications like pressure sores. Examples of strength training exercises for people with spinal cord injuries include using free weights with hand attachments, resistance bands, and adapted weight machines.

Flexibility Exercises

Flexibility exercises are important for improving range of motion and reducing muscle stiffness. This can help to make it easier to perform daily activities. Examples of flexibility exercises for people with spinal cord injuries include yoga adapted for individuals with SCI, seated or supine stretches.

Aquatic Exercise

Aquatic exercise is a great option for people with spinal cord injuries because it is low-impact and gentle on the joints. It can also be therapeutic for people with spasticity or pain. Examples of aquatic exercise for people with spinal cord injuries include pool exercises, water aerobics, and swimming.

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Daily Activities

Incorporating physical activity into your daily routines is a great way to stay active. Examples of ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine include transferring independently, gardening (using raised beds and adapted tools), and doing household chores with modifications.

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Staying active with a spinal cord injury can be challenging, but it is important for your overall health and well-being. There are many different ways to stay active, so find what works best for you and get moving!

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Living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) can present unique challenges, but maintaining an active lifestyle doesn’t have to be one of them. By incorporating a variety of exercises you enjoy, from adapted sports to daily tasks with a twist, you can reap the numerous benefits of physical activity. Remember, consulting a healthcare professional is crucial before starting any new exercise program. They can help you design a safe and effective plan tailored to your specific needs and goals.

The road to an active life with SCI is paved with determination, creativity, and a willingness to explore new possibilities. Embrace the journey, celebrate your accomplishments, and remember – you are stronger and more capable than you might think. With a little planning and the right support system, you can unlock a world of physical and mental well-being through the power of staying active.

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