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Stomach Exercises for the Disabled

author image Christina McDonald-Legg
Christina McDonald-Legg has been writing about health, wellness and travel since 1999. Her articles have appeared in "Colures Magazine" (London), "The Sunday Times" (Dublin), "The Connacht Tribune" (Galway) and "The Seattle Post-Intelligencer," and been featured online by the U.K. Department of Health. McDonald-Legg holds a Master of Arts in journalism from the National University of Ireland.
Stomach Exercises for the Disabled
A man in a wheelchair is exercising. Photo Credit mikanaka/iStock/Getty Images


A disability may encompass any physical or mental incapacity that places certain limitations on an individual. When a disabled person becomes sedentary and confined to a wheelchair, there is an unavoidable impact on health functions. Stomach exercises for the disabled person help strengthen the abdominals, back and butt muscles to reduce back pain and maintain a healthy body weight.

Side Bend

The obliques are the muscles going down the sides of your central body. These muscles help keep your body stabilized and support your core muscles. This exercise keeps your obliques flexible and builds strength in your stomach. To perform the side bend, inhale deeply and lift your left arm over your head. Place your right arm on your hip for support. Exhale as you bend your body to the right. Hold for three deep breaths, inhale, then return to the starting position. Repeat on the other side. If you have rods be careful not to go to far or just avoid this stretch altogether.

Cat’s Pose

Strong stomach muscles mean good posture. Good posture puts your organs in the right positions and helps you function at your best performance. Yoga poses stretch your back and strengthen your core and oblique muscles, according to Disabled World. The cat’s pose exercise can be performed by the disabled in a wheelchair or sitting on the ground. Place your hands on your thighs and exhale deeply, rounding your upper body forward and arching your back up like a cat. Drop your chin down to your chest. Hold and inhale deeply three times.

Six Second Abs Machine

This commercial machine consists of a rectangular plastic frame and rubber bands placed on the inside of the frame for adjustable resistance. You can increase resistance in different stages, each becoming increasingly more difficult as your stomach becomes stronger. Three resistance bands are available and compose nine different settings to work your muscles concentrically, isometrically and eccentrically. In this exercise you sit in your chair with the machine placed on your lap and curl against the resistance of the machine.


Rowing is an upper body workout that not only strengthens your shoulders, arms and chest, but your abdominals and core. Lift your hands as if you are holding a tray out in front of you. You palms should be facing up and your hands should be at waist level. Keep your elbows tucked in next to your sides and pull your right elbow, then your left elbow back, squeezing your abdominals and your shoulder blades simultaneously.

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