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Accessible Workouts During Lockdown

As we’re all trying to keep active during lockdown, we’ve asked some of the ambassadors to show us their favourite home workout exercises. All these workouts are accessible for everyone – just watch the videos and join in, safely, if you can.

As personal injury specialists, we know how powerful sport and exercise can be for our client’s physical and mental wellbeing. That’s why we’re proud to champion inclusive sport and share these workouts with you.

While the UK is in lockdown, many of us are exercising indoors. By following online workout routines or adapting outdoor exercise to suit the indoors, we’re all finding new ways to stay active.

But this isn’t easy for everyone to do, especially if you have a disability. Follow along with these YouTube videos to help keep your mind and body fit and healthy.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more workout videos.

Remember, you should speak to your doctor before trying any new exercise routine. Always warm-up before doing any exercises and stop if you feel any pain.

Alfie Hewett’s Workout

Alfie is a wheelchair tennis champion in both the singles and doubles division. He was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot and had open heart surgery at six months old. When he was six, doctor’s diagnosed him with Perthes Disease, a rare disease that affects the hip.

He started playing wheelchair tennis in 2005 and since then he’s gone on to win countless national and international tennis championships. In 2019, he won the US Open men’s singles and doubles championship titles.

Alfie’s workout has seven exercises and he uses weights and resistance bands in some of them. If you don’t have this equipment you can use anything around the house like books or water bottles. The exercises focus on core exercises, back and arms (watch out for those shoulder burners). In the last exercise you’ll need someone from your household to help throw a ball for you to catch.

 

Nathalie McGloin’s Workout

When Nathalie was just 16, she was left paralysed from the chest down following a car crash.

In 2015 she became the first female with a spinal injury to get a racing licence in the UK. Four years later, she started racing in motorsport, becoming the first ever female disabled rally driver.

Nathalie’s routine is specifically designed for tetraplegics who have to exercise in their wheelchair. She wants her workout to help others to keep fit and healthy during lockdown. The workout includes a warm-up, four exercises and a warm-down. She hasn’t used any utensils for gripping so everyone can take part without any special equipment.

 

Hannah Cockroft’s Workout

When Hannah was born, she had two cardiac arrests that left her with brain damage, weak hips and deformed legs and feet. She started wheelchair racing in 2007 and has won gold at both the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games and the 2019 Dubai IPC World Championships.

Hannah’s video includes nine different exercises. You can use weights if you have them or anything around the house, like books or water bottles. If weights aren’t your thing, leave them out and use your own body weight.

 

Check back on our coronavirus hub for our next workout video from our ambassadors over the coming weeks.

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