Exercise Ideas for Low Mobility | Executive Care of Hackensack
Daily exercise is something that’s essential for every person’s healthy lifestyle. And it’s extra important for seniors!
So, what can seniors with limited mobility or severe arthritis do to get this essential exercise? Let’s take a look at some low-impact exercises that are easy for people with limited mobility to work into their daily routine!
Start Small: Walking
The most basic of low impact exercises is walking. Even with limited mobility, this is an exercise that most people can do for a little bit every day.
Kindly encourage your aging family members to get into habit of walking over the course of a couple of weeks. Even those who are out of shape or out of the habit of daily exercise can likely find 10 minutes to walk each day—which adds up to a lot!
For our loved ones who are wheelchair bound or depend on a walker, daily walking isn’t a great option. Fortunately, there are plenty of chair exercises that are perfect for older adults impacted by severe lower body mobility problems.
These upper body chair exercises are great for nearly any range of motion. Some simple neck stretches and shoulder circles make a great seated warm-up to start with!
Next, grab some light weights or some canned vegetables to do some basic strength exercises. With weights in hand, perform a set of seated row exercises by drawing the elbows back and squeezing the shoulder blades together, and then extending the arms forward again. Keep those weights in hand to do some slow shoulder rolls after to work those trapezius muscles.
Finally, work out the core and stretch out the back with some gentle seated abdominal twists.
Work Out in the Water
Swimming on its own is a great full-body exercise that’s well known for being low impact. Make that water workout more intense and more interesting by mixing in some swimming exercises, too!
Use a kickboard or just the side of the pool to do some quick kicks or slow leg swings to strengthen and stretch the legs without the impact of moving on the ground.
Limited leg movement? Try standing or treading water and doing arm circles, arm curls or chest flies. Enhance this exercise by including water weights!
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