Home Strength-Training Guide: Paraplegia

This guide serves as a resource manual for individuals with a spinal cord injury who want to  incorporate regular physical activity into their daily lives.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with SCI, released by SCI Action Canada in 2011, are the first evidence-based guidelines to be developed specifically to support people with SCI in living healthier, more active lives. They state that to improve fitness, healthy adults with SCI should participate in at least 20 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic activity at least two times per week, as well as strength training exercises at least two times per week.

These guidelines are appropriate for all healthy adults with chronic SCI, traumatic or non-traumatic, including tetraplegia and paraplegia, irrespective of gender, race, ethnicity or socio­economic status. Adults are encouraged to participate in a variety of physical activities that are enjoyable and safe.

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