It’s really important to exercise and stay physically active as we get older. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that energise your mood, relieve stress, boost your self-esteem, and trigger an overall sense of well-being.
Regardless of your age, current physical condition, and whether you’ve exercised in the past or not, there are plenty of ways to overcome any health or mobility issues and reap the physical, mental, and emotional rewards of exercise. It’s never too late to get started, so why not start now?
1. Exercise To Suit You
Anybody can exercise. Even if you are frail, chair bound or have been inactive for a long time, there is a huge choice of activities you can do.
Cardiovascular exercises that raise your heart rate and increase your endurance, strength training and flexibility exercise. Many people with mobility issues find exercising in water especially helpful as it supports the body and reduces the risk of muscle or joint discomfort.
Even if you’re confined to a chair or wheelchair, it’s still possible to perform cardiovascular exercise. If you have concerns or questions, speak to your doctor about which exercises will work best for you before you start.
“Many people with mobility issues find exercising in water especially helpful as it supports the body and reduces the risk of muscle or joint discomfort”
2. Choose Activities You Enjoy
Try to make your exercise fun – whether it’s playing tennis with friends, cycling, going for a morning swim or just walking the dog, exercise can be a great social activity. Every little step can make a difference.
There’s so many ways you can add some extra movement into your day. You can do leg lifts while watching TV or knee bends when talking on the phone. Just small changes, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, all add up.
3. Celebrate Your Achievements
Start slowly and gradually increase your activity level. Make exercise part of your daily routine. To stay motivated, focus on short-term goals and try a variety of exercises to keep it interesting. And remember to feel proud about your success – you can do it!
4. Listen To Your Body
Go at your own pace, and if you encounter any problems after exercising, such as shortness of breath, chest pains, cold sweats or dizziness, stop and consult your doctor.
5. Go at Your Own Pace
Just 20 minutes of activity each day can work wonders for both your mobility and your mind set: lifting your mood, improving your balance and alleviating all kinds of aches and pains, so why not start now?