Exercise Ideas for Those With Low Mobility | Executive Care of Clearwater
Exercise is something that’s essential for every living thing’s health! So you probably want to keep the senior in your life active and healthy by encouraging a daily exercise routine.
That said, though, what can those who have limited mobility or joint pain do to keep themselves active and healthy? Read on as we share a few ideas.
Healthy Habit of Walking
Walking is the most basic of low-impact exercises. This is a form of movement that most people can squeeze in a bit of each day even with limited mobility.
Even if your loved one is out of shape or not up for walking around much, you can help him or her get into the habit of walking over a few weeks. Just getting up to walk for as little as 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference.
Stay-Seated Strength Building
For seniors that rely on a wheelchair or walker, getting in even a short daily walk is not going to be the best option. Don’t let a lack of mobility discourage your loved one from getting the exercise that they need—there are plenty of options for exercises that can be done from a chair!
Tone the muscles with some upper body chair exercises, designed to work well for most ranges of motion. Start the workout with some simple neck and arm stretches to warm up.
Strengthen the arm muscles by using light weights or household items like canned goods or bottled water to perform exercises like a seated row. To perform this exercise, draw the elbows back and squeeze the shoulder blades together before extending the arms forward again. Cool down the triceps and engage the trapezius muscles by doing some slow shoulder rolls after that!
Finally, strengthen the core by doing some seated abdominal twists.
Work Out in the Water
Swimming is a fantastic low-impact full body workout for people of any level of mobility. Get your aging loved ones even more pumped about spending time in the pool with the addition of some engaging swimming exercises!
Stretch and strengthen the legs by using a kickboard or the side of the pool for some quick kicks or slow leg swings.
If your loved one is working with limited hip mobility, suggest that he or she focus on the upper body instead by doing arm exercises like circles or curls while standing on the pool floor or treading water!
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