Editor’s Note: Today’s blog post is from Lynda Bennett, friend and former Microsoft colleague of Wellpepper founder Anne Weiler. We will have more guest posts from Lynda on her experiences in over a lifetime of managing her health.
Here I am, 62 years of age, searching for ways to exercise properly. Problem is… I am disabled and use both manual and power chairs for mobility. Unfortunately, I can’t easily use most gym exercise equipment. I try my best to keep fit and keep my weight in check by stretching with bands, transferring from chair to chair, using my manual chair and lifting weights. I track my weight using an internet-connected scale… it’s readings are probably not accurate, but it does indicate any weight gain or loss. Aging means a gradual loss of strength and in my case, a loss of independence. Maintaining a sensible weight and maintaining strength for transfers is a never-ending challenge!
To date, I’ve used physiotherapists only when required for seating and mobility assessments, and occasional sessions for strength exercises. A varied exercise program set up and then altered to meet my changing requirements—one supervised by a qualified physiotherapist or trainer—would, I think, be the solution I need. The question is could Wellpepper help me?