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Staying Fit with Limited Mobility

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Everyone  is aware of the fact that as we get older,  issues related to our health become more common.  Much physical fitness is directly related to our mobility.  Many seniors experience problems when it comes to mobility. It’s just a part of life. But just because you have limited mobility doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy the numerous benefits of exercise. As a matter of fact, there is a variety of exercises that one can do even with limited mobility. It goes without saying that staying fit in order to craft a healthy lifestyle is important at any point of our life, but especially in our senior years.

Why Seniors Need to Exercise Too

The main purpose of exercising isn’t just to have a fit body that is appealing to the eyes. In fact, the main purpose of working out has more to do with how you feel about yourself in general, ease depression, boost mood, relieve anxiety and stress, boost self-esteem, as well as improve one’s overall outlook on life.

Exercises For Those With Limited Mobility

Issues related to mobility tend to affect the capabilities of the person in question, but there are still many options that can be explored:

  • Exercises that Improve Flexibility:  Increasing one’s flexibility is a cornerstone in helping to improve one’s mobility and overall health.  Flexibility exercises include yoga and other stretching exercises that can be done even by a person who has limited mobility in their legs.  Another form of flexibility exercise is Tai-chi. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Tai chi, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of light physical exercise and stretching.
  • Cardiovascular: Exercises that increase your heart rate contribute to increasing endurance too. They make your body as well as your brain a lot stronger.  Water aerobics  is a form of cardiovascular exercise that can be done by someone with limited mobility.  Working out in a water environment allows for less impact on joints and the buoyancy makes for easier motion.
  • Strength Training: Strength training can be done by anyone, even if you’re on a wheelchair. In such circumstances, it is often recommended that you incorporate exercises that are designed to target your upper body strength into your workout regime. For people who have upper body mobility issues, opting for exercises targeting lower body can prove to be highly useful. Using weights to build muscle mass or bone mass can help increase strength and reduce falls.

Here are some useful links for those wanting to stay fit  but  who have limited mobility.

Art of Tai Chi- US Irvine Health

Boxing for People with Parkinson’s Disease

If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in Newport Beach, CA or the surrounding Orange County areas, please call us at 949-535-2211.  We provide senior care services in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Woods, Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo and surrounding areas of Orange County California.  Contact us today to learn more.

Dan Segal

Dan and Yvonne Segal are the owners and operators of Optimal Senior Care Solutions. Dan is a 25 year veteran of the Healthcare Industry and Yvonne is an instructional aide at Meadow Park Elementary School in Irvine.

Both Dan and Yvonne had personal experiences with the needs and challenges of caring for aging parents. They saw the need for a high quality professionally run yet personalized service to deliver the type of experience that they had a hard time finding.