It’s that time again folks, happy Mobility Monday!
What does your fitness routine look like?
I have to admit I have no routine right now. I can’t even blame it on the pandemic like most people can. Of course living through such stressful, uncertain and at times completely boring days, weeks and months will take its toll on health, fitness and wellbeing. Unfortunately I’d already fallen out of those good practices long before Covid-19 came along.
There are a ton of excuses I could make for not having a regular and healthy exercise routine but that would be just that, excuses.
I will say though, one thing that is very hard as a disabled person is moving past the ‘inspiration porn’ that many able-bodied people tend to love so much. It’s hard to reach out for help or support when you have this high standard held above your head of disabled gold medallists, marathon runners and professional sportspeople. “If they can do it, so can you!” is supposed to sound positive and encouraging but often times has quite the opposite effect. There are so many ways someone can struggle with mobility, and really, only the person experiencing the disabilities personally will know what their base capabilities and weaknesses are. Being told you should join a disabled basketball team or start weight training just because someone knows a wheelchair user who has done it and is ripped/super talented is not a great start to encouraging someone.
I’ve been lucky enough to be able to do my own research in to which exercise routines could work for me. For the moment, I want to focus on core strength and arm strength.
Most of these exercises will be done from my awesome Lith-Tech Smart Chair 1XL because it’s where I feel most safe and supported. As someone who has recently broken her toe by moving past a cushion and dislocated her knee whilst sitting on the floor, I need to consider safety strongly whilst exercising! Also, my ‘chair has a great weight capacity of 28 stone so I can rest assured that any equipment I might need to use won’t become a danger as far as weight in my wheelchair goes.
I’m really excited for the upcoming festivities and then a fresh, new start putting my health and wellbeing first in 2021. As most of you know, we are also looking for a new, wheelchair accessible place to live which we will really be focussing on in the new year too.
What are your 2021 goals? I’d love to know below!