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Losing weight in a wheelchair

Losing Weight in a Wheelchair

If you have been in a wheelchair for a while you may notice that you’ve begun to carry around some extra weight. This is more common than you would think among individuals who are wheelchair bound. As with any decrease in the amount of daily movement, while maintaining the amount of calories you consume, some extra weight is bound to accumulate. However it is correctable. You just need to make a few small adjustments to lose weight while in a wheelchair and help you maintain a healthy weight.

The first thing to keep in mind is, just because you are now in a wheelchair does not excuse you from regular exercise. A really good way to exercise if you are wheelchair bound due to pain and arthritis is water aerobics.  You can visit your local YMCA to get schedules for instructor-guided classes. Once you get a routine and comfortable with the workout you can try it in the pool on your own time. Other sources of exercising while in a wheelchair can be found on the Aeroflow Healthcare blog. Exercising to lose weight while in a wheelchair can not only assist in cutting a few inches off your waist but it also improves overall mood and mental awareness.

A great contributor to help you lose weight while in a wheelchair is your diet. If you were a member of your local mall walk club before being confined to your wheelchair, an ice cream every now and again didn’t really affect your weight. However now that you are unable to “walk off” those extra calories, they will store as fat in your body. Dieting does not have to be a hassle; by just a few modifications and cutting out some extra sugar and fat you will be able to maintain a healthy weight in your more sedimentary situation.

Just as getting used to life in a wheelchair requires some adjustments, losing weight while in a wheelchair will be a lifestyle change. If you are unsure of how to begin these changes, discuss it with your healthcare provider. Once you have spoken to your physician, give Aeroflow Healthcare a call at 844-686-5539 or visit our website for some helpful tips. If you are having trouble with mobility and need the assistance of a wheelchair you may be able to obtain one through your insurance at little-to-no cost to you. Simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our Patient Care Representatives will verify your insurance then contact you to discuss your coverage and options.

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