Three fun ways to improve your core strength and endurance if you use a wheelchair

Depending on the type of wheelchair and a person’s abilities, people who use wheelchairs may need even more core strength and endurance compared to those who don’t. This helps them get around, transfer and reach much more easily. An effective, regular exercise routine which targets core strength and endurance can really make an impact on your everyday function. This doesn’t have to be boring, here’s three fun ways to work your core!

1. Boxing

Boxing is one of the best ways to work your core because it forces you to move your body in so many different directions so quickly. It also packs a punch (pun intended) for your overall cardiovascular fitness as well. Boxing is fantastic for anyone who has some use of their arms and can be easily modified to match your ability.

2. Swimming

Swimming is a fantastic option for people of all abilities with the right support. Especially for those who find exercise on land too difficult or too painful. This is because many movements are significantly easier to perform in the water than they would be out of water. The increased buoyancy delivers decreased gravitational force. There are many options for people with disabilities to access pools such as with Optimums hydrotherapy service in selected locations.

3. Horse-riding

People of all abilities can enjoy the fun of horse-riding with or without specialized equipment. There are several Riding for the Disabled Associations (RDA) across NSW who can help you get started. Horse-riding or hippotherapy challenges your balance, forcing your core to work extra hard while you’re having fun!

Have you ever wanted to try any of these sports and worried about something holding you back? Speak to one of our physiotherapists today! We can help prepare you for a new challenge, prevent injuries or manage any pain that’s stopping you from taking the next step for your fitness.


Riding for the Disabled Association:

Wheelchair sports NSW:

Kiuppis, F. (2016). Inclusion in sport: disability and participation. Sport In Society, 21(1), 4-21. doi: 10.1080/17430437.2016.1225882

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