What are the 5 types of seating exercises for seniors with limited mobility?
I’m in my 60s, and from what I’ve learned from sitting on a wheelchair, limited mobility does not equal no exercising. Regardless of your physical condition, you have to incorporate three different kinds of exercise into your everyday routine: Cardiovascular exercises to raise your heart rate and increase your endurance. Strength training or other resistance exercises to increase muscle and bone mass, improve balance, and prevent falls. Flexibility exercises to improve range of motion, prevent injury, alleviate pain and stiffness. Now, the following are five exercises that you can do with limited mobility:
• With or without dumbbells, simple air-punching is an easy cardio exercise that can be fun when combined with a Nintendo Wii or Xbox 360 video game.
• Participate in Pool-therapy programs. Pool-therapy programs are available at many swimming pools and health clubs, accessible to wheelchair users. Try a water aerobics class if you want some leg workouts.
• Arm-bicycling and rowing: Some gyms offer wheelchair-training machines that make these two exercises possible. You can also buy these machines and practice at home.
• Attach Resistance Bands to furniture, a doorknob, or your chair. You can use those for pull-downs, shoulder rotations, and arm and leg extensions.
• To work out the flexibility, go for gentle Yoga or Tai-chi. These are great for your posture and also reduce your stress and anxiety. Remember, before starting your exercise routine, consult your physician.