Strength to strength
Exercise = Big Benefits
The benefits of being active include reducing depression and anxiety as well as other health risks ranging from chronic pain to cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis. Exercise also improves breathing, muscle strength, circulation, self-confidence and independence. In addition, it helps to prevent UTIs, pressure sores, respiratory infections, constipation and reduces your risks of falls.
You will need to talk to your health team before engaging in any exercise programs. They will help you understand what to watch out for while exercising, such as blood pressure, heart rate, skin problems from friction, injuries and autonomic dysreflexia (AD).
Here are some options for living a longer and better life once you get the green light:
Read UBC’s Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with SCI, developed by an international group of SCI scientists, people living with SCI, clinicians and reps from SCI organizations.
Looking for support in this area? Connect with the SCIO Regional Service Co-ordinator in your region,