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    Stomach Exercises for Paraplegic

    Hi

    I have spina bifida and have no use of my legs. I've recently given up smoking and consequently am piling on the pounds! I really need to do some exercises particularly to sort out my rapidly growing waist line. I've looked on the net but can't find very much info. Has anyone got any ideas please, I can't do sit ups on my own as I can't control my legs at all. Thanks so much for your help!

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    No, simple reason because of your condition it would be dangerous to say so. What you need it a referral from your GP to a specialist who can advise you on your needs based on your condition, that would be safe for you. There are many exercises you could be able to do, but under medical advice.
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    Thanks for your reply. Apart from my disability I am very healthy and there is no reason for me to seek medical advice for simple exercises. I am very lucky that I have none of the known complications of spina bifida, I just happen to live my life from a wheelchair. Any ideas anyone?

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    Can you swing your upper body from right to left etc? That's a good excercise for the waist whether you're in a chair or not, but these are things one can think of to suit their own restrictions, but I sought medical advice aka physiotherapist, mainly because I could discuss which bits work and which don't, and also because as Stephen says, it can be pretty hairy if one type of excercise hampers an already existing problem physically, so the excecises were tapered to fit.

    Basically, that's common sense whether the rest of you is healthy or not, just like most people joining a gym would first get professional advise from the instructors there.

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