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Exercises For Wheelchair Users

It’s important for everyone to get an active lifestyle, and this can also be achieved for wheelchair users too. Through regular aerobic exercises, wheelchair users can implement low impact exercises to support their mental health and wellbeing. So, let’s take a look at just some of the exercises wheelchair users can use. 

Cardiovascular Exercise

This type of exercise aims to increase your heart rate and get you warmed up. If you’re new to exercise, performing these for 10 minutes to start will help lead your way into this new exercise. 

Cardiovascular exercises include sitting, whilst lifting weight, a rowing machine adapted for wheelchair users, and sports too! If you’d like to learn more about adaptations, such as vehicle adaptations for mobility support, read our latest blog post. 

Weights Exercises

There are a number of weight training exercises you can perform whilst in a wheelchair, including bicep curls, chest expansions and overhead press. 

To note, you can also perform these exercises without any weight to begin with. Then, slowly build up to a comfortable weight of dumbbells. 

The repeated motion of moving your wheelchair can result in injury, as the chest and shoulders are continuously being worked. Due to this, it is advised that you focus on smaller muscle groups to support motion. 

Where To Go

Whether you enjoy performing exercises alone, or wish to find a group you can exercise with, there are many places you can go to keep active. If you have a local gym, it will be a great idea to get in touch and see how they facilitate wheelchair users. This could include, ramp entrance to the building and lifts if there is more than one floor level.

If you’d rather exercise in the comfort of your own home, there is an abundance of video content you can train along too! Regarding equipment, a resistance band is great for performing muscle-strengthening exercises too! 

Sports

There are many wheelchair friendly sports today, and this is a great opportunity for wheelchair users to not only get active, but meet new people too! You can also enjoy the swimming pool if you’re a wheelchair user too, which is a good exercise alternative. 

Some wheelchair sports that have been celebrated in the Paralympics include tennis, basketball, badminton and archery. Having a disability shouldn’t stop individuals from enjoying the excitement of sport, and today they don’t have to.

Finally, if you’re looking for a way to get active whilst using a wheelchair, there is an option for everyone to enjoy. Good luck finding your new favourite! 

Mobility Scooter

Things To Consider When Choosing A Scooter or Powerchair

Choosing the right mobility scooter or power chair can be a timely task, but an important one of course. There are many benefits of using a mobility scooter. This post shares the factors you may want to consider when choosing either a scooter or powerchair, ensuring you find the perfect scooter for you. 

It may be beneficial for you to bear in mind the following areas before choosing which scooter or power chair is best for you. 

Advice

Have you had expert advice from a dealer or Occupational Therapist previously? If so, this will give you a better understanding of the type of qualities you require in your scooter, plus find one tailored for your mobility needs. 

Medical Condition

Do you have an existing medical condition that would prevent you from operating a scooter safely? If so, there may be room to adapt a scooter tailored for your mobility needs. 

Indoors/Outdoors

Do you wish to use a scooter indoors, outdoors, or both? Different wheels may be tailored for different ground surfaces, so determining where you’ll use the scooter most will help make sure the correct equipment is adapted. 

Travel Distance

How far are you likely to travel? Some scooters will travel farther than others, so determining the distance you’re likely to travel will help in making your decision. 

Travel Period

How often are you planning on using the scooter or powerchair? If you’re using one daily, you’ll require a reliable scooter or powerchair.

Transport

  • Do you require the scooter to fit in a vehicle or public transport? If so, what type of vehicle? 
  • Will you need to dismantle the scooter to transport or load it with a hoist?
  • Will you need to travel up hills? If so, does the scooter have sufficient weight capacity and maximum gradient to climb these hills?
  • Does your typical journey require a suspension system?

Controls

  • Are the controls easy for you to use?
  • Do you need extra leg room?

Storage

  • Where will you be storing the scooter?
  • Do you have an electricity point near the storage location?

Cost

  • What is your budget?
  • Would you like insurance for your scooter or powerchair?

To note, there is no legal eyesight requirement to drive mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs. However, you should be able to read a car’s registration number from 12.3 metres (40 feet). 

If you do need a mobility scooter, check out our range here. Alternatively, you can pop into our showroom and test the range we have available. See opening times here. 

Disability Resource Centre

Dementia and Autism Open Day

The Disability Resource Centre is opening on

Saturday 15th October 10am -1pm

Exclusively for customers with Dementia and Autism and their carers

Appointments only from 12pm to 1pm

For more information, please call 01745 341967

This is an ideal opportunity for some quiet shopping with one-to-one advice.

Disability Resource Centre - Equipment Hire

Free Mobility Scooter Training

19th October 2022, 1.30pm

Bay View Shopping Centre, Colwyn Bay.

The session will cover the Highway Code, road safety and advice on basic maintenance and finding your way around your mobility scooter. We will also offer advice on what to look for when buying a new or used scooter.

Places are limited so please call 01745 341967 to reserve your space today!

Fun Day – September 3rd 2022

Our annual Family Fun Day is coming up on Saturday 3rd September at Rhyl Botanical Gardens. Lots of fun activities. All welcome!

Mobility Scooter

Mobility Scooter Training

On June 17th 2022 we will be holding a mobility scooter training session at Ffordd Las Community Centre Rhyl from 2pm

The session will cover things like

  • Highway code
  • Road safety
  • Advice on basic maintenance
  • Advice on buying a new or used scooter
  • Knowing your way around a mobility scooter

And

  • Training on how to use your scooter when out and about

This course is FREE

Places are limited so please call 01745 341967 to book a place

February Mobility Scooter Sale

SALE

Starts 1st Feb 2022

GREAT REDUCTIONS ON ALL OUR MOBILITY SCOOTERS

While stocks last!

Mobility Scooter Hire at the Disability Resource Centre

FEBRUARY SPECIAL OFFER

Disability Resource Centre - Equipment Hire

FULL SCOOTER SERVICE

  • Full Service
  • Tyre Check
  • Battery Check
  • Valet

All the above for only £55

Free local collection & delivery available.

Get in touch

Offer vilid 1st February 2022 until 28th February 2022

Disability Resource Centre Fun-Day 2021

The weather was very kind to us for our Fun Day on Saturday (11th September) at Rhyl Botanical Gardens which was opened by the mayor of Rhyl Dianne King. The event was very well attended with people visiting from as far as Shropshire.

We hooked ducks, we bought jam & soap, we showed our dogs in a show ring, had our faces painted, had a go at Archery, drove around the mobility scooter obstacle course, tried tennis, bowling and boccia, did some exercise and cheered on the bands.

We would like to thank all who attended and who participated. The craft stalls were a big hit as was the dog show, with numerous beautiful well-behaved dogs attending.

The mobility scooter obstacle course was a huge hit with young and old alike.

Colwyn bowmen had a constant queue of people wanting to participate in some Archery.

Music was provided by the Silver Stars and the Ghostbuskers ukulele bands which were fab and entertained us all with tunes from the 60/70 and 80s as well as some up-to-date songs. We would like to thank Tape community who provided the sound.

There were lots of fun sporting activities like Boccia, archery, bowling and tennis for people to participate in. We had an energetic Pound exercise session which was lots of fun.

The staff in the café were run off their feet but did a sterling job serving teas, coffee, and cake.

A big thank you to all who worked so hard to make the day a huge success.

Here’s hoping to see you all again next year.

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