Tools for Success

Physical activity is vital for everyone, and people with SCI are no exception!

Staying physically active enhances health for everyone. Being fit lowers the risk of serious disease, enhances quality of life, and extends our lifespans. For people with SCI, there are additional benefits of physical activity: it can reduce the impact of many secondary health complications such as spasticity and pain, help maximize your independence, and reduce the risk of life-threatening chronic diseases that are associated with SCI—for example, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

That’s why an international group of researchers, people living with SCI, clinicians, and representatives from SCI organizations have worked together to create these scientifically-developed physical activity guidelines. The goal is to support people with SCI in their quest for better health.


  • The physical activity guidelines explained

    What’s the difference between the starting level and the advanced level of the guidelines? What does “aerobic activity of moderate to vigorous intensity” mean? Click here to find the answers to these and other questions.

  • Benefits of physical activity

    There are some amazing benefits of being active and fit. Click here to learn more about these benefits—and to read some testimonials from your peers.

  • Physical activity examples

    Swimming, wheeling, home-based exercise, organized sports like wheelchair basketball and tennis…and lots more. Click here to find examples of activities that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine.

  • Tips to become more active

    We know that many of you want to become more active, but you don’t know how. We have some great tips for you.

  • Your keys to success: goal setting, action planning, and monitoring

    Research shows that people who set achievable goals, and create and follow an action plan based on those goals, are much more likely to succeed. Click here to learn more.

  • Overcoming barriers

    “I can’t be active because I don’t have time/it’s too expensive/it’s not accessible…” Do any of these sound familiar? Click here to learn how you can overcome these and other barriers.

  • Safety tips

    Be active…but do it safely!

  • Links to other resources

    A list of links to other related resources, including a reference list, videos, contact information for SCI organizations in your location that can help you achieve your goals, and many more.

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