How to Exercise with a Disability

Exercise is beneficial to the body both physically and mentally. The physical movement of your body releases endorphins that lift your mood and make you physically feel better. Of course, the movement also helps keep your muscles toned and healthy.  


For someone with a disability or an injury, the thought of exercising and receiving these health benefits may seem unattainable. The truth is, there are plenty of ways that you can exercise that will not impact your disability or cause more harm to your injuries. The most important thing to remember is that any exercise is better than none.  


Sitting Exercises  


If you have to remain seated because of your disability or injury, there are several ways that you can raise your heart rate a little and move your muscles for exercise. Try a resistance band, for example, to work out your arms, shoulders and upper body. Pulling the resistance band as far apart as you can and slowly allowing it to contract is a very powerful exercise that can improve your health and get those endorphins flowing.  


If you only can use your legs to exercise at this time, why not try a pedal exercise machine? These small machines can be set up at the foot of a chair.  You slip your feet into the stirrups and push. This exercise will increase your heart rate and get your blood pumping. This is also a great exercise for those who are trying to regain strength in their legs.  


There are also several other simple exercises that you can do with a disability that you may never have thought of in the past. Your disability is not a limitation, it is just a chance to be creative. Even something as simple as dedicating a short period of time to tipping your head from side to side as far as you can to each of your shoulders will improve muscle tone and help your body.  


Yes – Yes You Can  


Most people will find a reason that they cannot exercise or will not benefit from exercise if they take the time out of their day to do it. This applies to everyone, with or without a disability or injury. Most people simply say no.  


However, you can make time for exercise, and you can find a way to improve your health, regardless of your current physical state. A dedicated 15 minutes a day, every day, will make an improvement in your life. 


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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).