Getting Active With Active Hands 2017: Exercise 4

Activity: Handbike

Used in conjunction with: General Purpose Gripping Aid

Beneficial for: Increasing strength in arms; increasing stamina and cardio; overall fitness

Static handbike machines are great for wheelchair users and those who struggle with treadmills or regular exercise bikes, as they allow you to work up a sweat, get a good, fitness-based workout and burn off some calories – especially handy after the Christmas period! The removable seat means that you can use this machine from your wheelchair and the varying resistance levels and programs mean each use can be tailored to fit that day’s workout; whether you want to go long distance on low resistance, short distance on high resistance or have the resistance vary throughout. And if you struggle to maintain a solid grip on the handles as you pedal, then strap your hand(s) in with the General Purpose Gripping Aid(s); although be advised, you will need help if attaching both hands. Gym handbikes are ideal for anyone involved in a sport that requires stamina and endurance, and are a perfect solution for track racers and handcyclists, if weather conditions prevent you from getting outside.

Gareth Herridge