People with reduced mobility in Shetland will still be able to enjoy exercise after a gym installed a new bike, designed for wheelchair users.
According to Shetland News, Clickimin gym will feature the THERA-Trainer Tigo, which allows people to train either their legs or upper body while sitting down, after receiving funding for the equipment from MS Society Shetland and Ability Shetland.
Shetland Recreational Trust (SRT), which operates the gym, also trained its employees on how to use the THERA-Trainer Tigo.
Clickimin installed the new piece of equipment following a request from a member of the community with MS, Andrew Graham, for an adapted bike for those with reduced mobility to use.
Mr Graham told the publication: “I first heard of the Thera Trainer Bike through my physiotherapist. She knew of someone in the North Haven Care Centre who was kind enough to let me have a go of it there. I’m a wheelchair user so my legs are completely immobile.”
Health and wellbeing community liaison officer at SRT Kerry Geddes added that the group is confident the bike will be “well-used and will be of benefit to many”.
There are many benefits of the THERA-Trainer Tigo, including enabling users to strengthen their upper body or legs, enhancing mobility, helping with rehabilitation, and boosting motor skills.
What’s more, by enabling those with reduced mobility to exercise, they can enjoy the mental health benefits of working out, including better sleep, happier moods, and the relief of stress, anxiety and racing thoughts, according to mental health charity Mind.
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