In January, we asked you about your physical activity and exercise habits. Thank you for all of your responses to the quick poll!  Your feedback is extremely helpful and appreciated.

We received responses from 67 participants. For the first poll question, we asked you how often you exercise. The most common answer was 3 or more times a week (34%), followed by rarely (22%), twice a week (19%), daily (12%), once a week (8%), and never (5%).

Second, we asked what kind of physical activity and exercise you do and to choose all the options that apply to you.  Stretching was the most common form of physical activity, with 58% of respondents reporting participation.  Endurance and resistance training exercises were reported by 45% and 46% of respondents, respectively.  21% reported other forms of exercise, such as playing Wii games, while 12% said they do not exercise.

For the third question, we asked you where you like to go to exercise and to choose all the options that apply to you. 64% of our respondents reported that they workout at home, 30% said outside, 24% said at the gym, and 10% reported that they do not exercise.

Fourth, we asked if you feel you have the knowledge needed to exercise safely.  81% of you said yes, 16% said no, and 3% said they do not exercise.  As a follow-up, our fifth question asked if more education on exercise and SCI would motivate you to exercise.  46% reported that more education would be a motivator to exercise, while 54% said no. Some comments that we got from participants for this question include:

“I can exercise at a rehab facility 85 miles away.  The difficulty is finding a place to exercise.”

 “My level of injury is too high.”

 “Better knowledge of particular exercises that will benefit my specific condition, using low budget, home-owned equipment and resources is needed.”

 “More access to appropriate training on equipment that is available.”

 “A lack of financial ability and equipment prevents me from getting exercise.”

 “I do not know which exercises to do.”

 “I do not know the benefit of most exercises.”

 “People need to have access to trained and qualified professionals in the community that they can go back to.”

“I would like more information based on current research to help make my workouts more efficient.”

Our poll group was 60% male, 40% female and 60% paraplegia, 40% tetraplegia with 57% aged 36-55, 18% under 36, and 25% over 55. 51% of respondents have been living with their injury for over 10 years, with 17% <3 years and 34% 3-10 years.

It is always a good idea to talk with your clinicians before you start an exercise program. Please contact us at info@sci-health.org if you have any additional feedback to share with us.

Thank you again!

-RRTC Team


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