Why being active this summer could be more important than you think.

Image of someone in a wheelchair enjoying being outside in summer as a friend walks alongside them.

Enjoying the summer sun

Here at RKS we believe that summer is the best time of the year. We absolutely love being outside in the warm weather and we think you should too. Getting out of the house and being more active has an endless list of benefits, both physical and psychological. 

The summer months are a great time to get that heart rate up and enjoy some exercise. Regular exercise is known to have many significant health benefits, these include improving circulation and reducing the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. In addition to this, exercise can have an enormous positive impact on your daily life. Improved stamina, muscle strength and increased flexibility are just some ways exercise can help you carry out day to day activities.

Exercise and mental health

Furthermore, research has shown that exercise is even more important for those with a disability. This is due to the higher risk of obesity and diabetes. As well as the great physical impact of exercise, it is also important for mental health. Evidence has shown that being regularly active can reduce anxiety, promote clearer thinking, decrease the risks of depression and promote better sleep. Although these mental health issues are not exclusive to those with disabilities, it is worth noting that they are more prevalent amongst the disabled population. 

It is important to plan and execute an exercise regime suited to individual needs. Exercise does not have to mean going to the gym, lifting weights or running a marathon. Chair based exercises, focusing on strength and mobility have an equally positive impact on both physical and mental health. We advise starting slow and keeping your goals manageable.

Getting out of the house

Exercise undoubtedly has its benefits, but many people forget that simply being outdoors can give you a massive psychological boost. Getting outside and immersing yourself in nature is a great way to reduce anxiety and depression. However, don’t feel like you have to climb a mountain – spending time in a local park or green space can have the same results. Getting out in the sunshine also has the added benefit of raising Vitamin D levels in the body, which is vital for maintaining healthy bones.

We have a wide range of mobility equipment available in store to help those with disabilities to get out of the house and enjoy the warmer months. Our staff are also here to offer advice on the best options to suit individual needs. We can provide anything from walking sticks to mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs. Whatever you need to help you become more active and independent, we are here for you.

If you have a powered wheelchair or scooter, now is a great time get them serviced and get those batteries checked. This will ensure that they are in great working order for the summer months ahead. 

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