New Home Exercise Machines
All of us need exercise of some kind. As much
of us find the prospect daunting, it's really crucial to find a
way to do it. What are at stake, to name a few, are bone loss, arthritis
pain, circulation and pulmonary disorders, cardiac disease, and
further limitations on flexibility and range of motion.
The good news is that now more ever, we have access
to a wide range of fitness equipment, including machines designed
for home use. Exercising also starts feeling good once you find
the right kind.
The National Center for Physical Activity and
Disability (NCPAD) can steer you to adaptive programs and equipment
appropriate for your individual needs. NCPAD also lists related
articles, and demonstration videos on their vast database: http://www.ncpad.org,
or call to talk to one of NCPADs information specialists: (800)
900-8086. The organization was created expressly for providing access
to fitness for people with disabilities.
Seated Aerobics Videotape! Call the above telephone number to order NCPAD’s Seated Aerobics Video in VHS format or DVD.
One more option for working out at home is to
locate an adaptive or seated exercise program on public television;
videotape the program for future sessions. Try to exercise with
other people, good music, or a good TV program to distract
yourself from the effort.
Access to Recreation
Access to Recreation offers equipment for all types of adaptive
sports, including exercise equipment for home use. The above Web
page features the EasyStand 6000 Glider for leg motion
in individuals unable to stand upright or walk on their own, Versatrainer
to incorporate full body strength, muscle development and cardiovascular
conditioning, the McClain Wheelchair Roller for building
strength and stamina, and several other fitness machines. Check
At Home (LAH)
LAH sells a lightweight pedal exerciser for seated peddling. You can find pedal extenders at sporting good stores in
varying degrees of quality, and also through the Flaghouse catalog
listed below. A pedal extender strengthens the legs while providing
a cardio workout. Adjustable resistance lets you choose an easy
or challenging workout.
S&S Worldwide sells many different items for leisure and recreation,
including fitness and exercise videos for low prices.
Sample workout routine
Adapted for sitting on a chair or mat for exercising at home. See
all of NCPADs exercise videos geared for specific disabilities.
Saratoga Home Exercise
Equipment and Accessories
Rand Scot, Inc. produces an entire line of adaptive exercise equipment
Developed by the founder, a quadriplegic. See their Web site to
learn about these diverse products.
The Basic Power Trainer provides a non-impact exercise format
involving arms and legs, from a wheelchair or stable seating. Because
the arm and foot pedal cranks turn in unison, strong limbs turn
the exerciser while weak or inactive limbs are assisted through
the motion. Optional seating, gripping gloves, high support boots,
low-cut boots, heart monitor, and more options available. Visit their Web site to see them all.To place an order,
or for more information, please call 1-800-278-3933 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
The UPPERTONE was designed and introduced in 1990 by a C4-C5 quadriplegic.
It allows people with C4-C5 and below quadriplegia (tetraplegia)
due to spinal cord injury to do all the necessary upper body exercises
necessary for rehabilitation and maintenance, without any assistance.
Indeed they can make all the adjustments, including resistance,
without handgrip strength, cuffs, or assistance. Call (800) 468-8679
for information and pricing.
Flaghouse provides thousands of products for consumers as well as
recreational therapists. Customer service representatives guide
you to desired equipment.
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