Wheelchair users still find ways to lead active lives
By Alicia Henrikson, Journal-World

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Dot Nary, 49, felt like a weakling the first time she did the workout demonstrated on a 50-minute seated exercise tape.


"I did 10 minutes of the tape and I was exhausted," she said. "But it felt good feeling good again."

That was about 10 years ago and Nary, who has been in a wheelchair since she was 30 because of complications from spina bifida, a birth defect of the spinal column, has been exercising steadily ever since.

Before using a wheelchair, Nary said she walked or biked for transportation.

Her exercise was greatly diminished when she began using a wheelchair. But that changed when she turned 40.

She gradually increased her daily exercise. Nary said she could see the benefits after a period of time. Wheeling up ramps and opening doors became easier, she said.