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How To Exercise Safely At Home With Limited Mobility

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Exercising is important for maintaining your physical and mental health. It can be challenging if you have a disability or limited mobility, but there are things you can do to exercise safely and keep yourself in top shape. Keep reading for our top tips on exercising at home.

What Exercises Can You Do With Disabilities Or Mobility Issues?

You don’t have to run a marathon to exercise. There are a number of things you can do around your home to improve your fitness and stay in shape.

  • Simple stretches. This stimulates blood flow and improves flexibility, as well as easing joint and muscle pain.
  • Go for short walks around your home. It doesn’t have to be for long. Being sedentary for long periods of time can be damaging, so exercising your legs will prevent aches and blood clots.
  • Watch yoga videos. There is plenty of material online that can support a healthy lifestyle. Yoga and other forms of light exercise will bolster flexibility and circulation. Some poses can even be adapted to a chair.

Exercise Safely From A Chair

If you struggle with mobility or have a disability, you can exercise safely from a chair (or wheelchair) without a reduction in quality. If you’re elderly and worry about falling over or injuring yourself, exercising from a chair is a less intensive alternative that’ll keep you safe. It’s also great for people with lower-body injuries that have to change up their exercise routine. If you’re using a wheelchair, ensure the brakes are on or won’t be able to move. When you’re sat down, you can engage in a number of stretches and poses that will improve your circulation, muscle strength and flexibility. These include raising your arms and legs for as long as comfortable, air-punching for cardiovascular benefits and upper-body twists for supporting your back.

Advice For Safe Exercise

We understand that every situation is different. However, these are some general tips to keep you safe when you’re exercising that apply in all cases.

  • Consult a doctor first. Depending on the nature of your disability, mobility issues or physical limitations, it’s always worth discussing a fitness plan with your GP. They can advise you on techniques and whether or not certain exercises are suitable for you. Your GP will have intimate knowledge of your health and circumstances, so always consult them first before undertaking an exercise regime.
  • Be properly prepared. Even professional athletes have to take precautions before they start exercising. Stretching is an important part of preparing your body that shouldn’t be overlooked. Even if you’re sitting down, you need to warm up your body to prevent muscle pain, aches and tenderness. For maximum comfort and efficiency, make sure you’re wearing light, loose clothing. Finally, drink plenty of water and ensure you’re well hydrated before and after exercising.
  • Listen to your body. Sometimes persisting through the pain is a good thing. However, if you have an existing injury or health problems, never push yourself beyond your physical limits. If you experience pain, light-headedness, nausea, discomfort or any other debilitating physical symptom, stop and pace yourself. Listening to your body and understanding your limits will prevent damage and injury that can cause further health concerns.
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