MAINTAINING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Our mission is to enable disabled people to remain fit and healthy. It is often a challenge to keep the body in good condition. for people living with disabilities and neurological disorders, the fitness of the body can decrease rapidly and important muscles become inactive and are often neglected. This causes the body to become weaker and can result in an increased risk of negative health complications.
It can be difficult for disabled individuals to keep their bodies fit and healthy. Often people with spinal cord injuries or neurological disorders cannot move certain limbs or muscle groups. We work with individuals and healthcare professionals on a one to one basis to provide innovative and cutting edge assistive technology to allow people living with disabilities the very best opportunities to maintain healthy lifestyles and longevity.
Inactivity is One of Our Worst Enemies...
Our friend Isabelle Clements, herself keen cyclist and Director of Wheels For Wellbeing which supports disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy cycling, wrote a recent article entitled 'How cycling helps disabled people' which sums up our the reason for our drive and enthusiasm on bringing the best assistive technology to people in the UK:
"From personal experience and from having talked to hundreds of Wheels for Wellbeing participants, I know that cycling can radically transform our lives and our health because it’s non-weight bearing, low impact and can be done in vastly different ways. The harsh reality for us disabled people is that we tend to live shorter lives than non-disabled people, and inactivity is one of our worst enemies. Conversely, exercise is the magical pill doctors can’t prescribe but would love us to be taking"
This is echoed by Live Well - NHS Choices who's Advice For Wheelchair Users directive is that
Regular aerobic exercise – the kind that raises your heart rate and causes you to break a sweat – and muscle-strengthening exercise are just as important for the health and wellbeing of wheelchair users as they are for other adults.
They recommend for general health, all adults aged 19 to 64, including wheelchair users, are advised to do:
Physical activity doesn't have to mean the gym or competitive sport, though these can be great options. Activity can take many forms and happen in many places. Active Linx is a leading Assistive Technology provider working with experts and brands from all over the world to bring the very best equipment to people living with disabilities in the UK - to help them live longer, fuller and healthier lives.
Let Active Linx help you maintain a fit & healthy Lifestyle
Active Linx prides itself on its 20 years experience in providing Assistive Technology solutions to people living with disabilities, its range of innovative and cutting edge equipment and our one to one consultative service. People are important to us and helping to change lives for the better is what drives us. Don't take our word for it...
Lizzie Tench's Experience - SCI LI Incomplete:
Lizzie Tench is a Paratriathlete competing internationally with the Great Britain Paratriathlon Squad. She sustained a spinal cord injury in 2012 whilst cycling when she was hit by a trailer from an overtaking car resulting in a broken back, several other injuries and paralysis from the waist down. Lizzie has won British titles in Paratriathlon and Paraduathlon, a Bronze medal at World Championships in 2015, the European title in 2016, a Silver medal at the 2016 World Championships and is currently ranked No. 1 in the World in her class (PT1 women).
Lizzie knows only too well about the benefits of living a fit and healthy lifestyle and in this video she reviews the BerkelBike indoor and outdoor cycle trainer with Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) which she she uses 2-3 a week to maintain her fitness at home. She particularly likes the fact that the BerkelBike allows all four limbs to work at the same time, allowing the stronger limbs to support the weaker ones when needed for a full body work out. Lizzie uses her to stay fit, maintain blood circulation, build muscle bulk and also bone density following an injury.