Since lockdown ended I have been going to the gym everyday. Not only did lockdown put a few extra pounds on me, so does my medication. So with the help of a personal trainer, a programme was put together to help me lose weight and strengthen my arms seeing that I am a wheelchair user👨🏽🦽. I also workout my legs to help build up strength so they don’t waste away.
Also before MS I enjoyed competitive sport, especially squash, and have missed it. So what sport could a wheelchair user like me play? I am weak in both my strength and coordination on right side and being right-handed, I didn’t think there was anything for me. That was when after I watched the Paralympics, I found something that looked promising.
Not wheelchair basketball , but wheelchair rugby . It looked both exciting, competitive and physical, and didn’t involve throwing the ball high or far. Something I can I do, so the search for a local club was underway. Onto the internet I went and I not only found a local club, but due to its Paralympic popularity they held taster sessions for one to try.
So off I went and suffice to say I enjoyed every moment of it. The crashing and banging didn’t bother me, and the strategy involved also helps to exercise the grey matter . Even though one is in a wheelchair, the game itself is very physical, so I did get quite a workout.
Not only do I go to the gym everyday I now will start to play wheelchair rugby every week. The way I look at it I could be a couch potato , but being active not only keeps me physically fit, it also keeps me mentally fit.
I may be disabled but abled to do the things that stimulate me.