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Diveheart Making Experience of a Lifetime Possible for Disabled

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by Treadmarkz

I wouldn’t go scuba diving myself, but I think that knowing the opportunity exists to have the type of experience that Diveheart makes possible is a great thing. It makes me think back to when I was given the opportunity to go downhill skiing in Lake Tahoe. It was the greatest feeling of liberation I’d ever felt in my physical body. And I wish that feeling will manifest in many disabled people through Diveheart. Check it out. I saw a bit about them on TV this morning and I thought about all of you.

 

 

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How To Get Six-Pack Abs in a Wheelchair. Is it Possible?

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by Treadmarkz

When people meet me for the first time, they often make note of, or complement me on, the strong, muscular upper body that I have built up over the years pushing myself around in a chair. But what most of those people probably don’t realize is that my belly looks like an irregularly shaped loaf of bread. I guess that’s why it’s called the “bread box”.

But you hear it all the time in the media, gotta get a six-pack, wish I had a six-pack like that guy, I’m working out so by summer I’ll have a six-pack so I can go to the beach and pick up chicks. Whatever. There are superficial reasons, but it would be a nice feeling to have a nice, trim, sculpted healthy body.
In a wheelchair, it is easy to build up the muscle in the upper arms, shoulders and chest, but the abdomen? Most of the people I have ever known in wheelchairs have had a bit of a jelly belly. I used to say that would never happen to me. But it’s starting. Depending on your level of paralysis you may never achieve that six-pack, but I am sure at least you can have a flatter, more solid stomach if you work at it.

Let’s look at the ways that a person in a wheelchair can shed the jelly and sculpt that belly. Because you can push yourself around all day long and it will not make a bit of difference in your abdomen.

First thing is diet, obviously, but most people don’t like to hear that, and I am not an expert so I won’t waste the time with preaching something that I can’t for the life of me, practice. So that’s out the window right off the bat.

And the problem I have with writing this is that there are many different levels of paralysis, but for many paraplegics, and especially for quadriplegics, no matter what you do, you cannot get those ab muscles working. But I have seen some guys in chairs that partake in some pretty grueling physical activities, like skiing, sailing (which is a hell of a lot more physically demanding than it looks, I am told) and racing. All of these things demand balance, which requires you to use your abs, and yet that belly is such a struggle for a lot of us.

But regardless of your level, as long as you have good use of your arms, the best workout you can give yourself in that area, that I have ever had, is definitely swimming…there it is…swimming…the meaning of life! Put yourself on a regiment, a program, and stick with it, and you’ll be telling that gut to hit the bricks in no time. I remember those days. It was about 12 years ago, but I remember it.

The Thrill of Adaptive Skiing

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by TreadmarkzAdaptive Skiing

One of the links on my blogroll is to Heavenly Ski Resort, a place in Lake Tahoe on the border of Nevada and California where I went adaptive skiing a couple of years ago with a good friend of mine.

Heavenly Ski Resort provides all equipment necessary, and they give you a thorough test to be sure your strength and reflexes are suffiecient. Safety first! That and it is a bit straining on the upper body and forearms at first though not as bad as I expected. And the strain wears off quick once you get up there and start enjoying yourself.

A lot of ski resorts offer adaptive skiing, so you don’t have to go to Lake Tahoe for it, but I do strongly recommend Heavenly; not only because it is the only place I have ever skied, but if you are going to go skiing, I’d be unlikely to believe there is a better place than Tahoe. Not only can you go skiing, but the place is crawling with casinos if you are into that, and any category of entertainment is usually available within rolling distance. Plus, coming from brown and green hilly Minnesota, when I was up on the mountain at Lake Tahoe, the crisp snow-capped greys of the rocky mountain peaks contrasted by the calm aqua blue lake were the perfect setting to try something bold, new and exhilerating. I said it after my first lesson at Heavenly, and I will say it now: speeding down the mountain alone (once the woman giving me the lesson let go) was absolutely terrifying, but I loved it!
You’re probably thinking “How can you say that skiing was terrifying while recommending a ski resort?” Well to be honest with you, skiing may not be for everyone. But deep down, I am a thrill-seeker, and that is why I loved it. Just knowing that I was at the mercy of the mountain yet I was in complete control, all I had to do was shift my skis in the right direction and I’d be fine. So if you want to get away from the everyday 9-5 and bring out that inner-thrill seeker, you can go sky-diving or you can start off by doing some adaptive skiing. I guarentee that you will be reminded, if you had forgotten (everyone does, sometimes) that you are very much ALIVE!