Aging & Exercise
When you have mobility issues, the last thing you want to think about is exercise. Everyone needs to keep active both physically and mentally. Finding ways to do so can be challenging. Here are some suggestions on ways to move.
In April, our blog “Mental Health Awareness Month” went over several different ways to improve your mental health, including some games that use your brainpower. Mental exercise can include puzzles, board games, crafting, and gardening. Write down lists and pay attention to what you’re doing. Pick something that you are interested in learning more about or enjoy doing.
Let’s Get Physical
Physical exercise can come in different forms. There are classes that you can attend, and you could go for a walk or use equipment.
Either in-person or online Silver Sneakers offers various classes from yoga, water exercises, or cardio. Don’t worry if you haven’t worked out in a while. There are three different levels of intensity of classes to attend. Medicare Advantage may cover some of the cost of the program. Check out their website for more information.
Another excellent resource for exercise videos is YouTube. The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is an excellent resource of 8-minute workouts for those with limited mobility.
Water aerobics is good cardiovascular exercise. Exercise in water helps to relieve joint and muscle pain. Being in the water, you won’t need to be concerned about falling and hurting yourself.
Sherry Zak Morris has a Youtube channel focused on Chair Yoga. The deep breathing that happens in yoga helps to strengthen your lungs. Check out this youtube channel for videos on yoga for back pain, strength, and more.
At Home Equipment
Exercise equipment for those with mobility issues can include a pedal exerciser or an under desk bike. This stationary bike is compact and portable. You can sit in your favorite chair with this machine on the floor in front of you and pedal away. Hand weights are also an option to use while sitting down.
No matter what you choose to do, the CDC states that it’s important to try to be active for at least 20 minutes a day of moderate-intensity activity a week.
What is something that you would like to try? There are ways to keep active no matter our age or ability. Please ask your doctor before doing any physical activity.