wheelchair exercises

Wheelchair Exercises – Best Way to Support Your Independence on Wheelchair

Have you or any of your friends or family been caught with any disability or limited mobility and they are
getting feelings of loneliness, depression, lack of independence and are not able to engage in normal
day-to-day activities? Then leave your frustration as we’ve got the best wheelchair exercises for you!

Here BestRatedDocs.com presents a quick visual guide to some of the best exercises for individuals and
seniors in wheelchairs.

These wheelchair exercises can serve you not just an active lifestyle, but also with numerous health
benefits. You can check out aerobic wheelchair exercises meant for daily basis, muscle-strengthening
exercises, wheelchair exercises for elderlies, and more. While performing these exercises, you don’t
need any assistance and these exercises will support your independence of wheelchair.

You might be on a wheelchair because of an injury, weight problem, disability, or illness, but these
exercises can be the best way to boost your mood, alleviate stress, and strengthen the body muscles.
If you have any concerns then you may consult a doctor before beginning your exercising program. Also,
people with other health issues must consult with their healthcare professional before engaging in a
cardiovascular or resistance exercise program.

Check out the wheelchair exercises for yourself below. Don’t let your wheelchair limit your lifestyle,
happy exercising!

wheelchair exercises

Infographic courtesy of BestRatedDocs.com

Dr. David Taylor

Dr. David Taylor

Dr. David Taylor is a medical professional and an avid blogger. He holds an M.D. from Drexel University; a Ph.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. David loves to utilize technology to improve healthcare and he does it daily through
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16 thoughts on “wheelchair exercises”

  1. I love this David. I visit our local rehab center on Sunday’s and I know a few people that will benefit greatly. I’ll share with the nurses – thank you for helping all of them!!! Thanks to Dr. Taylor too… Hugs!

  2. Hi David! I thought I left a message here, but maybe it didn’t go through. I was visiting NY for the holidays (family on both our sides) and it might have gotten lost in the wi-fi connection :(… Anyway, I volunteer at the local senior / rehab center and I will be sure to let them know about these exercises. They can help a lot of people there and I’ll let the activities director know – they are always looking for good ways to get the residents active – this will help them a great deal – thank you from all of them and the people that help them – so much!!
    Hugs and Happy, happy, happy – prosperous and healthy New Year! Big hugs David!

  3. Great info! Thanks for sharing. Don’t know that I’ll be able to do much with the leg exercises, though (hence the reason for my wheelchair! LOL) I could use the rest of it, so look forward to that.

    1. I’m so happy you find it useful, most of it at least 😅
      Please, let me know how it works for you 🙏

  4. Hi Chape, do you mind if i format these exercises (like these: https://professionalshealthconnection.com/exercises/lower-back-exercises/#sc5)? I’d like to share them with the Senior home I visit on Sunday’s… There are quite a few people who are in wheelchairs and I used to volunteer for the activities director – I think if she can get the trainer to hold a class on these and then give them out, the residents may be able to do them. Is that ok? I can check with the good Doctor who wrote the infographic if you are ok with this. Thank so much David! PS. I’ll also publish an article (reblogs don’t work on the Arcane wordpress – they disappear after awhile – they don’t know why) – but I’ll credit both you and Dr. Taylor.
    What do you think?

    Thanks for considering :) hugs!

    1. Hi Joan! Please, share it the way that works best for you. I have no problem with that :)
      Dr. Taylor is a nice guy, I´m sure he´ll be glad to hear from you and what you´re doing at the Senior home!
      Big hugs, dear!!

      1. Thank you so very much David… It’ll be a future project, but it’s on my mind! You are AWESOME! Thank you!!! Big, huge hugs back atcha…

      2. My pleasure, Joan! ;) Feel free to use anything else on my blog, you need no permission ;)

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Lower Back

The Erector Spinae is not just one muscle, but a bundle of muscles and tendons. Paired, they run more or less vertically. It extends throughout the lumbar, thoracic and cervical regions, and lies in the groove to the side of the vertebral column.

Latissimus Dorsi

The latissimus dorsi is the larger, flat, dorsolateral muscle on the trunk, posterior to the arm, and partly covered by the trapezius on its median dorsal region.


The Deltoid muscle is the muscle forming the rounded contour of the shoulder. It is divided into three portions, anterior, lateral and posterior, with the fibers having different roles due to their orientation.


The Infraspinatus muscle is one of the four rotator cuff muscles crossing the shoulder joint and is commonly injured. It is the main external rotator of the shoulder joint.


The Biceps brachii is  actually two separate bundles of muscles (heads). The two heads of the Biceps vary in length and as a result, are called the Short and the Long Biceps heads.


The Triceps Brachii muscles  have three muscle heads: Lateral, Medial and Long head. Primarily responsible for the extension of the elbow joint. The lateral head is used for movements requiring occasional high-intensity force, while the medial fascicle enables more precise, low-force movements.

(Anterior muscles)

The Pronator teres pronates the forearm, turning the hand posteriorly. If the elbow is flexed to a right angle, then pronator teres will turn the hand so that the palm faces inferiorly. It is assisted in this action by pronator quadratus.

(Posterior muscles)

The Extensor Digitorum muscle helps in the movements of the wrists and the elbows. It extends the phalanges, then the wrist, and finally the elbow. It acts principally on the proximal phalanges. It tends to separate the fingers as it extends them.


The pectoralis major makes up the bulk of the chest muscles in the male and lies under the breast in the female.

The pectoralis minor is a thin, triangular muscle, situated at the upper part of the chest, beneath the pectoralis major. 


The Rectus Abdominis is the most superficial of the abdominal muscles. It is this muscle which forms the six-pack shape! It is a paired muscle running vertically on each side of the anterior wall of the abdomen. There are two parallel muscles, separated by a midline band of connective tissue called the linea alba.


The External Oblique is situated on the lateral and anterior parts of the abdomen. It is broad, thin, and irregularly quadrilateral. It is the largest and the most superficial (outermost) of the three flat muscles of the lateral anterior abdomen. 


The gluteal muscles are a group of three muscles which make up the buttocks: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. The three muscles originate from the ilium and sacrum and insert on the femur. The functions of the muscles include extension, abduction, external rotation, and internal rotation of the hip joint.

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The Quadriceps Femoris is the knee extensor muscle.  As a group, the quadriceps femoris is crucial in walking, running, jumping and squatting. It´s subdivided into four separate “heads”.


A hamstring is any one of the three posterior thigh muscles in between the hip and the knee (from medial to lateral: semimembranosus, semitendinosus and biceps femoris). The hamstrings are quite susceptible to injury.

Lower Leg

The gastrocnemius and the soleus form what we know as calf. They are involved in activities such as walking, running, jumping… 

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The trapezius is a broad, flat and triangular muscle. The muscles on each side form a trapezoid shape. It is the most superficial of all the back muscles.

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