Top 7 Ways to Exercise with Limited Mobility
When you don’t have the dexterity or mobility as you once did, it makes it more difficult stay active. But older adults with limited mobility can still engage in exercise by participating in activities that are low-impact, safe, and suited to their abilities! There are many options for seniors with limited mobility, you just need to know where to start and the materials needed (many of which are around the house). These exercises include:
- Seated exercises: Older adults with limited mobility can perform seated exercises that target various muscle groups, such as seated marches, seated leg lifts, ankle rolls, or seated arm curls using light weights or resistance bands.
- Chair yoga: Chair yoga incorporates gentle yoga poses and stretches that can be done while seated or using a chair for support. This can help improve flexibility, balance, and strength without putting excessive strain on the joints.
- Swimming or water aerobics: Water-based exercises provide a low-impact, joint-friendly environment for seniors with limited mobility. The buoyancy of the water supports body weight, reducing stress on joints while still allowing for cardiovascular and strength-building activities.
- Tai Chi: Tai Chi is a low-impact, gentle form of exercise that focuses on slow, controlled movements, balance, and deep breathing. It can be adapted for older adults with limited mobility by performing the movements while seated or using a chair for support.
- Upper body exercises: If lower body mobility is limited, older adults can focus on upper body exercises using light weights, resistance bands, or even their body weight to build strength and maintain muscle mass.
- Physical therapy: A physical therapist can develop a customized exercise program tailored to an older adult’s specific mobility limitations, addressing their individual needs and goals.
- Adaptive exercise equipment: Specialized exercise equipment, such as recumbent bikes or pedal exercisers, can be used by older adults with limited mobility to engage in low-impact cardiovascular exercise.
It is essential for older adults with limited mobility to consult their healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program to ensure that the chosen activities are safe and appropriate for their specific health conditions and limitations. Knowing exercises that you should and shouldn’t participate in can help improve mobility, manage chronic diseases and even give you a boost in your overall well-being. Learn how caregiving services through Home Health Care, Inc. can help improve mobility and keep you safe & comfortable at home.