Many people ring in the New Year with a resolution to increase their fitness. If you have a spinal cord injury, however, you may have questions surrounding how much exercise you need and how you can participate in a safe, effective manner.
The good news is that SCI Action Canada has scientifically based guidelines for physical activity for people with SCI. According to the guide, people with SCI should engage in moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise at least twice a week for at least 20 minutes per session. They should also engage in strength training at least twice a week.
SCI Action Canada has put together this guide, and this SCI Get Fit Toolkit with practical suggestions for starting an exercise plan and staying active. Their website also contains videos demonstrating how to do simple exercises in your home, and Question-and-Answer articles with people living with SCI tackling such questions as how to modify exercises to fit your needs, or how to get back on track when you miss a few workouts. Check out their website here and be sure to contact a program coordinator in your area to see how you can get involved in wheelchair sports.