7 Healthy living tips for wheelchair users

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle as a wheelchair user is equally important as getting a comfortable wheelchair. Here are 7 tips that can help you live a healthy life.

People in wheelchairs often report problems maintaining a healthy weight. They also suffer from mental health issues more than others, but this does not necessarily have to be the situation. It’s possible to live a healthy life in a wheelchair if you follow the 7 simple tips.

1. Engage in Cardiovascular Exercise.
Cardiovascular exercise is necessary to maintain the health of your heart and lungs. The goal should be to raise the heart rate and become warm enough to begin sweating. This can be accomplished by swimming, playing basketball or wheelchair sprinting. Wheelchair users should push to do this daily.

2. Get a Good Night’s Sleep.

The first problem is usually shifting on the bed from the wheelchair. It can be resolved with a wheelchair that can be adjusted according to the height of the bed and has swivelling armrests to make it easy for the caregiver to life, slide and shift the wheelchair users on the bed. It can be hard to find a comfortable position, so obtaining a good night’s sleep can be difficult. Comfortable pillows and cushions can help combat this problem.

3. Maintain Good Posture When Sitting.

Sitting comprises a large part of a wheelchair user’s day, but it can lead to scoliosis, pressure sores and the inability to breathe correctly. For these reasons, it is important to ensure that wheelchair users maintain good posture at all times. The best plan is to keep the feet, knees, hips and shoulders in a straight line while sitting.

4. Be Mentally Healthy.

Mental health is directly connected to physical health. Many people experience depression. They may begin to feel worthless because they cannot do as many things for themselves as others can. They can also experience anxiety. These conditions are treatable with counselling and medication, so it is important to talk to a professional or consult with the doctor if one is experiencing any of these symptoms.

5. Prevent Pressure Sores.

Maintaining one’s position for a long time can cause pressure sores. Prevent this by using pillows that relieve pressure, keeping your skin clean and changing your position every other hour.

6. Take shower regularly and maintain hygiene

It is a basic requirement of a human body to take a shower every day. Cleanliness and hygiene ensure the health and well-being of any person. Especially when a person is wheelchair bound, it becomes even more important to take a shower regularly. Most wheelchair users avoid taking a bath regularly because their wheelchair is not shower proof and taking help from a caregiver hampers their privacy. But, it is of utmost importance that you get showerproof.

7. Travel

Travel is an important part of any person’s life. Travelling opens up your mind to a new world with diverse culture and strengthens mental well-being. Thus, travelling should always be on the top of the list of wheelchair users but it is also essential to take precautions and make all the required arrangements like booking an accessible hotel, planning in advance and a lot more.

Healthy mind, healthy body!