Exercise can ease depression, relieve stress, and boost self-esteem. In general, it greatly improves our quality of life. This happens due to endorphins released by the body when exercising.
Whether you have a disability, weight problem, diabetes, or other on-going illness – it’d be unwise to tell yourself that you can’t reap the many benefits of exercise. So unless you’re bed-ridden, read on.
First and foremost, let me point out that your fitness routine should not contain anything that pushes the boundaries of your disability or injury. Consulting your doctor beforehand is recommended.
High impact exercise (sprinting, lifting heavy weights, etc.) has many unique benefits but is not necessarily safe to take part in with limited mobility.
Some examples of low-impact exercises are:
If you’re able to walk without pain or severe discomfort then I recommend doing so. Pick up the pace or walk up a steep hill to increase the intensity of your exercise periods.
Rowing machines are found in most gyms, they offer a complete low-impact body workout. Rowing increases your heart rate and works the abdomen, back, and upper body.
Swimming and Aqua Aerobics
Swimming is by far the most preferred type of exercise for people with limited mobility. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, water-based exercise improves the health of those with rheumatoid arthritis, affected joints, and osteoarthritis.
Take a look at joining an aqua aerobics class at your local swimming center.
Pilates and Yoga
Pilates is a great way to re-balance the body and improve posture using controlled movements and exercises. It’s very low impact and great for those who find it hard to move around too much or jump about.
Yoga on the other hand aims to improve both your physical fitness and well-being in general. It does this through a series of postures and breathing exercises. This type of exercise will keep your body fit, reduce weight, manage stress, normalize blood pressure, and more.
Though it’s not considered ‘exercise’, stretching should be a compulsory thing for everyone, in my opinion. Stretching helps lengthen muscles and tendons, making them more flexible. It also helps you keep mobile as you get older.
Try stretching twice a day to reduce the risk of joint problems and muscle strain.
In a Wheelchair?
You’re not being forgotten. This article on About.com shows a number of effective exercises for those with lower body injuries and disabilities that have to exercise from a wheelchair or seated position.
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Disclaimer: This information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We cannot and do not give you medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician.