Finding the motivation to exercise regularly isn’t always easy, and that’s especially true when you’re dealing with limited mobility. Whether your limited mobility is the result of an accident, injury, condition, or aging, there are still plenty of ways to get and stay active. And the best part? Commitment to exercise, even with limited mobility, can help your muscles bounce back faster in many cases.
Don’t Give Up
If you were used to having a full range of mobility and are suddenly faced with unexpected or new limitations, exercising can be frustrating. You can’t engage in the physical activities you used to, and finding new ones seems like an uphill battle. Still, we encourage you not to give up. Sometimes all you have to do is modify the way you approach your favorite activities. But even if you can’t change the physical activity you used to love, there’s a whole world of new exercises to try that you might like even more.
When your mobility is limited, due to pain, injury, or even respiratory and cardiac conditions, low-impact exercises are critical. By engaging in low-impact exercises, you can work your body out at a variety of intensity levels without the harsh impact on joints that some exercises have. Instead of hiking, you might try walking with a well-supported shoe on even terrain. Instead of HIIT exercises, you might try yoga or swimming.
Flexibility Can Increase
Just because your mobility is limited now doesn’t mean it necessarily has to stay that way forever. Exercise can help decrease your recovery time and increase your flexibility when appropriately applied. Yoga is a beautiful low-impact activity for increased flexibility and is easily modified to meet a range of differing mobilities. Maintaining a regular fitness schedule is often a significant part of a recovery plan to increase your range of motion.
Use Water to Your Advantage
Water is a person with limited mobility’s best ally. Water aerobics, aqua jogging, and water-based physical therapy are all wonderful options to keep your muscles active and your heart pumping. Taking almost any exercise to the water engages your entire body while significantly lessening the impact of an activity on your joints while adding the benefit of cardiovascular exercise.
Though your limited mobility may seem like a hindrance to your fitness goals and your healthy lifestyle, it’s important to note that this is rarely the case. A few adjustments, a willingness to explore new exercise options, and the help of your primary care provider and/or specialists is all you need to discover new and fulfilling exercise routines that will keep your body healthy and happy. As always, we recommend speaking with your care providers before making any change to your physical fitness routine.