Keeping active is an important way to maintain our health. Exercise can be used to boost our mood, our outlook, and our overall quality of life. If you live with limited mobility it’s just as important to be as physically active as possible, but this can come with its fair share of challenges. Read on to find out our best practical tips for staying active with limited mobility.
Always warm up first by stretching gently, and take time to cool down after every session. Remember: health and fitness is a journey, not a race. Don’t rush the process, and only ever increase your activity level bit by bit (not in big increments) to ensure your body isn’t strained. Focus only on what you can do – not the things that you can’t. Try to stick to activities that encourage and focus on flexibility and strength training in particular, rather than trying anything too strenuous and boisterous.
Know your body
No two people’s health journeys are the same, so knowing what works for you personally can be trial and error. Depending on your condition and level of fitness, certain physical activities can be harder for some people to do. Listen to your body and always speak to your GP or health professional to find out what activities are best for you. You can find more info about different types of seated workouts here.
Make exercise part of your routine
Little and often is much more beneficial than sporadic bouts of exercise. Our bodies and minds respond well to routine, so find activities you genuinely enjoy doing. It doesn’t have to be exercise in any traditional sense of the word (like workouts, cardio or weights etc.) Think about walking, dance classes, swimming/aerobics, yoga, and even your favourite low-impact sports like golf or badminton. The possibilities are endless, and anything that gets you out and about and feeling excited is a win.
Stick it out
Start small and remember that when it comes to keeping active, ‘something’ is always better than nothing at all. If you’ve never exercised before, or it’s been a long time since you’ve attempted any strenuous physical activity, be sure to get medical clearance from your GP or doctor beforehand. Always warm up gently before starting any exercise, too. By keeping to a regular routine or schedule that you enjoy, you’ll be much more likely to stick it out and be consistent in your activities.
Limited mobility can come with its challenges, but it doesn’t mean you can’t continue to do the things you love, including exercise and keeping active. At Halton, we’re serious about people with limited mobility maintaining comfort and independence in their homes across the UK. If you or someone you know could benefit from regular use of a stairlift, get in touch to chat with the friendly Halton Stairlifts team today on 0800 644 7766. You can request a free Halton Stairlifts brochure at any time, or arrange your free no-obligation quote.