As we get older, many of us face struggles with mobility. Sometimes, this is due to the normal aches and pains that come with an aging body, but it can also be more serious. If your limited mobility means that you can’t move certain parts of your body and that you rely on mobility aids to get around, you might find that your life has become more sedentary and that you find exercise unbearable.
For everyone, even those of us without mobility issues, the key to sticking to exercise is often enjoyment. When we like doing something, we do more of it. When you have mobility issues it can be harder to find enjoyment in exercise, but it’s still possible, and more important than ever.
Why is Exercise Important
Exercise is always important. It boosts your circulation and lowers your blood pressure. It can help you to maintain a healthy weight and reduce inflammation. Exercise can boost your mood, improve your mental health, improve your quality of life, and increase your life expectancy.
All of these benefits are even more important if you have mobility issues, as your body might need them even more than it would if you were more active and otherwise healthier.
Get the Right Help and Support
If you have issues with mobility, it’s important that you get help and advice from your doctor. You should never rush into any exercise plan without first getting the go-ahead. A professional trainer could also help you to adapt exercises to suit your body and its needs and help you to feel comfortable.
If you are looking to increase activity, not just with exercise but also with hobbies and social opportunities, then you may want to consider a move to Brentwood assisted living, which could enrich your lifestyle and give you the support that you need to exercise safely, and the friends that you need to have fun.
Focus on What You Can Do
When what we can do is limited, it’s easy to grow frustrated with ourselves and our bodies, but this won’t help. To enjoy exercise, you should instead focus on what you can do, and enjoy the progress your body can make.
Exercise with Company
If you want to enjoy exercise one of the best things that you can do is do it with friends. If you don’t have anyone that you can work out with, consider exercise classes and groups specifically for seniors.
When you exercise with reduced mobility, the risks are greater. This means that you need to make more of an effort to look after yourself, protect your body, and stay safe. Make sure you’ve always got water and your phone close to hand, and that you eat well, stay safe and warm up and cool down.
Exercise is great for your health and wellbeing, as well as your mood. But it’s only good for you if you look after yourself, stay safe, and keep hydrated. With limited mobility, you may need to explore different options, and you’ll need guidance and support from your healthcare providers, but that certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a more active lifestyle.