Chair Bound Exercises

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Chair Bound Exercises
Wheelchairs can provide freedom to fully engage in life. (elderly couple relaxing in wheelchairs in the sun image by L. Shat from

Being confined to a wheelchair can either be a disability or an adaptive way of life. Exercise increases strength, flexibility, muscle tone and, especially for the wheelchair-bound, mobility and self-esteem. Before beginning any new exercise routine, consult a doctor, physical therapist or personal trainer to determine which exercises are best.

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Chest Press

A chest press is a compound weightlifting exercise requiring the arms to push weight away from the chest. These exercises benefit the chest, shoulder and tricep muscles. To perform a chest press, anchor a resistance band securely behind your wheelchair and grab an end in each hand. Raises your arms until they are parallel to the floor, with fists pointing forward. Press forward and extending arms to the front. Repeat 10 times.


Rowing exercises provide a thorough cardiovascular workout and focuses on the upper arm muscles. With a resistance band anchored in front of the wheelchair, grab the handles with his arms extended. Sitting straight up, bend your elbows and pull back toward your torso, squeezing the shoulder blades together. Return to the starting position and repeat 10 times.

Triceps Extension

The triceps consist of the three-part muscle in the back of the upper arm. Triceps are responsible for the majority of the arms' pushing movements, such as operating a wheelchair. Triceps extension exercises begin with securing the resistance band behind the wheelchair. Grab one end and raise that arm so that your elbow points forward and your fists point to the ceiling. Extend the arm forward, keeping the elbow stationary, before returning to the starting position. Repeat 10 times per arm.

Bicep Curl

Bicep curls benefit wheelchair patients with muscle strength and stamina. Bicep curls start with anchoring the resistance band in front of the wheelchair. Grab one end with the arm extended and palm facing upward. Curl the end in an arc toward the shoulder before lowering to the starting position. Repeats 10 times for each hand.


One of the most important core exercise types is the abdominal exercise. Abdominal exercises are easy, beneficial and do not call for any special equipment. Basic crunches for a wheelchair patient, though, may require assistance. Lying on the floor with your hands by your sides, curls your trunk up, as if reaching for the knees. Hold this position for a few seconds before lowering your body to the starting position. Repeat 10 times.


The world of adaptive sports aimed to keep wheelchair-bound patients active is quite expansive. Basketball, football, cycling, tennis and swimming are only a few options available and beneficial, especially to the most competitive of patients. With slight adjustments, wheelchair-bound athletes have found a way to continue participating in their favourite sports.

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