As we grow older we realize our bodies become more fragile with time and don’t quite allow us to push our physical limits like we used to. For many disabled seniors finding time to exercise is a lot easier than finding suitable activities. Whether you are trying to keep up with your grandkids or just trying to get healthier there are many forms of exercise that allow disabled seniors to remain fit and active. Here are some of the best exercises for the disabled elderly to stay in shape:
The benefits of swimming are seemingly endless as they can build your cardiovascular fitness, muscle endurance, and help you lose weight. The best thing about swimming however is adaptability. The pressure swimming takes off of your joints makes it a very adaptable activity for anyone who requires a walking aid such as a wheel chair, cane, or walker. If you are unable to stand in the water then you can always sit down on a shallow step in the pool and perform various resistance exercises against the water (leg raises, extensions).
There are a variety of weight lifting techniques that disabled seniors can use to keep themselves in shape while avoiding an abundance of stress on fragile areas of the body. Choose exercises that isolate certain muscles as opposed to working the entire body. This will help avoiding stress on fragile bones and joints. If you are in a wheelchair, shoulder presses, dumbbell curls, and bench presses are great for maintaining upper body strength.
Wanting to tone up, improve your core strength, and strengthen your joints? Isometric exercises are excellent for all of these things because they can be tailored to any level of fitness. The slow, steady movements allow you to control your intensity while improving at your own pace. Yoga is an excellent practice for those who are trying to gain more flexibility and relieve stress. Many isometric exercises can be done with the assistance of a partner or fitness balls. Shoulder raises with weights and crunches on a cushioned mat are especially effective for those who can’t support themselves on their legs.
Resistance bands are great to work out with for those confined to a wheel chair. They provide a comfortable amount of resistance and can be used anywhere. Simply tie one end to an object that won’t move and press or pull the band away from it. These are great for upper body exercises but can also be used for light leg work as well. If possible for the person, hip and leg extensions can be performed by tying one end of the band around the ankle and the other end to an immovable object and extending out or forward respectively.
This is one of the best workout programs in the world for the disabled. This form of martial arts emphasizes mindfulness and internal health. It is known to be great reliever of stress, anxiety, and to reduce blood pressure. It is much like yoga regarding internal health in that it involves various poses to help you both exercise and cleanse your body. Many of the poses can be done from a seated position which makes it a very convenient form of exercise for just about any disabled person.
These exercises are not just good for the elderly or disabled, they are good for anyone willing to engage a convenient exercise program. Whether you are withered by time, injury, or lack of motivation these exercises are a great start towards a healthier, happier life.
Ken Stanfield is a writer, blogger, and health enthusiast who spends his time researching and writing about health care, geriatric healthcare needs, and humanitarianism. He currently writes for the rollatorsupplier justwalkers.com.
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