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Staying active is one of the most important components in keeping seniors healthy, in both body and mind. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done for those facing the challenges of limited mobility. Luckily, there are multiple ways seniors with limited mobility can stay fit and help combat age-related health problems, either in-home or under the careful watch of assisted living staff. 

Safety First

Safety is always a top concern when it comes to seniors participating in any physical program. It can be easy to get carried away from excitement, but it is important for seniors to start slow and also consult their health practitioner before beginning a new exercise regimen. Always stop exercising if feeling dizzy or experience sharp pains. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercising. Here are the top five exercises for seniors that they will not only find enjoyable but will boost their health and well-being.

Aqua Aerobics

Aquatic exercises offer multitudes of health benefits for seniors with limited mobility. Performing exercises in the water removes pressure on bones, muscles, and joints, making it the perfect option. Always make sure seniors do their aqua aerobics with an experienced instructor who is there to help and monitor the entire time.

Strength Training

Strength training, using bands or light weights can build bones and muscles, improve memory, and help prevent falls.

  • Resistance Bands: Can be used while seated and there are plenty of different exercises to do for both the upper and lower body. If you are injured, focus on a different body group, and make sure to stop exercising if you experience pain.
  • Light Weights: Can be used in place of bands. The National Institute of Health recommends seniors start with 1-2 pound weights, and gradually increase the weight as they get stronger.

Seated Workouts

You might be surprised just how much exercise one can get while seated! Stretches, strength training, and even cardiovascular exercises can all be performed in a chair. Look for local classes, or even exercises online. Remember to listen to your body and stop when feeling sharp pains. Slight discomfort and minor pains are normal when starting any new fitness program, but that pain should not linger, or feel sharp or stabbing. Learn to listen to your body and know its cues.

Limited Mobility Exercise Frequency  

Seniors with limited mobility still need to get moving a little every day. According to the Mayo Clinic, seniors need to make exercise a daily part of their life. Just 15-30 minutes a day will help improve moods and reduce stress. Try to schedule your workouts the same time each day, and mix up exercises to prevent boredom. Even if your loved one needs memory care, ensure that they too are getting plenty of daily activity. 

Exercise for Mental & Physical Health

Limited mobility doesn’t mean your loved one can’t exercise. Regular exercise for seniors with limited mobility is essential in improving self-esteem, combatting depression, boosting memory, and staying healthy. Exercise for older adults cannot be overstated and is found to be a top protective factor of cognitive functioning. 
To learn more about the various creative ways to get seniors with limited mobility active and moving, Contact Us.

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