How to Exercise with Limited Mobility

Most people believe that when you’re laid out by injury or illness, thoughts of exercising and trying to stay in form should go out the window. This is not true. While some extreme cases of illness or injury might demand that you stay in bed full time, exercising to a larger or lesser exercise actually helps the healing process.

The benefits of starting and sticking to an exercise regime cannot be overemphasized. Working out helps release hormones that does wonders for improving your mood. Exercising also helps you unwind and ease stress, improving your overall well-being. Needless to say that you need these benefits even more when you’re laid out and can’t get around as much as you used to. Your body doesn’t need to fall out of form simply because your movement has become a bit restricted. What you simply need to do is change tactics and employ a different method of approach.

Even with disabilities like severe weight problem or arthritis, you can still partake of the various merits of working out. This raises the question: How do I exercise well with limited mobility? To answer this, you must first consult with your doctor and physical therapist and try to answer the following questions:

  • What kinds of exercise would be possible for me to carry out?
  • How much of this exercise can I carry out on a daily and weekly basis?
  • What type of exercises would it be best to avoid at the moment?
  • Would there be need to take medication during my exercising time?

Once you’ve figured this out, you’ll be able to determine what kind of cardiovascular, strength training and flexibility exercise will help you make the most of your downtime. Some cardio exercises you can take up, even in a wheelchair include air-punching and swimming. Some flexibility exercises include doing stretches and some light yoga.

When you start this exercise regime, it is important you remember that it won’t be smooth sailing all through. You need to start slow and give your body time to adjust. Starting out, there will be a lot of tough times so it’s imperative you don’t give up if you want to achieve good results.

In addition, give your safety top priority. Should you start feeling tired during your workout, stop all activities immediately. Make sure to avoid straining any injured body parts, make sure to warm up and cool yourself down properly. Lastly, ensure you stay well hydrated at all times.