If you have read enough of my articles, I believe in being active regardless of your physical condition, and this is why I feel that seniors can exercise with limited mobility. You may be asking, what do I mean by limited mobility? Well, it could mean that you are either using an assisted walking aid like a walker or cane, or maybe you can’t even walk, and you are in a wheelchair. Also, limited mobility may mean that you have poor balance or a part of your body just doesn’t work like it used to. Regardless of what your physical state is, here are 3 ways seniors can exercise with limited mobility.
1. Use a chair – Whether it is balance exercises or you just aren’t stable on your feet, chairs are great for exercise. For balance exercise, I have my classes use chairs if they need a little extra stability to hold a balance position. A little extra stability may mean just having a finger or a whole hand on the back of the chair so the individual can practice balance and not feel they are going to fall.
If you are not so stable on your feet, you can do many standing exercises while sitting down. If you have a pair of dumbbells, exercise bands, and some ankle weights, there is no reason you can’t get a full-body seated workout.
2. Work within your range of comfort- If, for example, you have a shoulder impingement (limited range of motion in the shoulder), maybe there are certain exercises you should avoid. However, that doesn’t mean that you should completely avoid all shoulder exercises. I have found that usually, the best way to fix/improve a physical problem is to actually exercise that very same area through either strength training, soft tissue work, or flexibility/stretching.
3. Work within your physical condition guidelines- I work with people who have conditions like Osteoporosis or Spinal Stenosis, and I can tell you that certain exercises are more or less appropriate based on the condition. Regardless of your particular condition, speak with your doctor or specialist on what exercises are appropriate. Once you figured out the appropriate exercises, you will have the confidence that the exercises won’t worsen but improve your condition.
So there you have it, several ways that you can exercise with limited mobility. Additionally, check out this “guide” provided by California Mobility. In the guide, you will find several ways to put what I’ve been writing about into practice.