Avoiding weight gain is a universal problem — but it can be a real challenge for someone who spends most of his or her time in a wheelchair. The solution? Diet and exercise, of course.
Let’s talk diet first
While it’s never a good idea to go on an actual diet without consulting your health provider first, it’s always a good idea to monitor the kinds of foods you eat and limit your intake of foods that don’t provide much in the way of nutrition.
Concentrate on relatively low-calorie foods that help to make you feel full, such as fruits and vegetables. Also think in terms of high-fiber carbohydrates, which won’t spike your blood insulin, because they release sugar slowly. These foods, along with plenty of water, will help you avoid constipation, which can be a problem for a wheelchair user.
Also allow yourself two to three servings of a lean protein daily. Lean protein will help to keep you satisfied and energized.
Save the high-fat, high-sugar foods for those rare, special occasions. You’ll find your weight will be easier to control, and your overall health will improve.
Now for exercise
Some people think that exercising while in a wheelchair is difficult, if not impossible. Not true. With your doctor’s support and approval, you can undertake a variety of activities that will help to prevent weight gain.
Whether you choose a simple fitness program such as using a tabletop hand bike three times a week or take on something more challenging, like swimming or group fitness classes, you’ll find that getting out and moving will help0 you keep off the pounds. Regular exercise will also help you increase muscle mass, which can help improve your overall strength, balance and mobility level.
At Power Mobility and Lifts, we love to help our customers meet their personal mobility goals — whatever those may be. Let our team of trained experts help you find the mobility equipment that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more about all the ways we can help.