20th February 2018 geri

Keeping Fit

Keeping fit is challenging with a spinal cord injury but not impossible. Here are afew suggestions for a c6 SCI.

Introducing an element of fun to standing time. A soft ball or balloon to pass back and forth to a friend whilst on your standing frame. This introduces a element of movement and coordination to an otherwise stationary activity.  An easyglider is an alternative to the stationary easystand.

Intervals involve short bursts of intense activity interspersed with lighter activity or rest periods. For example, athletes may repeat 200-meter sprints with full recovery or specific rest intervals.

Resisted vs. Assisted speed work involve using resistances eg. something as simple as training with another wheelchair user and a terraband. Alternate between pulling eachother lengths of a hall or I use my smartdrive which adds an extra 7kg when not turned on.









Circuits are a great way to include a broad range of exercise. Circuits feature multiple stations where athletes perform assigned activities for specific periods of time, or until they’ve completed a set number of repetitions. Eg. a punch bag, jumping jacks (minus the legs), a medicine ball side to side, rope c curls, bodyweight push ups, overhead weights, wall push offs.









Strength training using resistances to build strength, muscular endurance, and size. Barbells, resistance bands, machines, and other types of equipment that offer resistance can build strength–even the athlete’s own body-weight in the form of transfers. (see previous exercise blog).














Cardio as simple as dancing with a friend, tabletennis, wheelchair basketball, handcycling etc.








I am a C6 spinal cord injured lady three years post injury and I am living alone, working and doing day to day tasks with minimal assistance. This site is to offer friendly advice and support to newly injured spinal cord people and their families. From issues of exercise, transferring, personal grooming, clothes etc and showing ways of relearning day to day tasks we took for granted in the past. I will also provide links to products and services that I have found useful to my progress. Spinal cord injuries are so unique to each individual so remember what works for one person may not work for someone else but feel free to comment if you know about something that may have helped you in regaining some of your independence. Currently, I am a Masters in Research NUIG Graduate tutoring Health Science and Physiology students. Research area is Neuroscience. I also hold a first class honours degree in Physiology from NUIG with twelve years experience in quality standard adherence, GMP and GLP and two years experience working in a global healthcare organization. I have a problem solving mind focused on quality with proven team working skills. Please note: I am not a medic and you should always consult your GP or consultant first before trying anything suggested on this website. All SCI's are different and what works for me may not necessarily work for everyone, depending on different health issues.

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