Ways To Increase Your Mobility
Staying as physically active as you can throughout your life is important for your all-round health and wellbeing.
And you don’t have to have full mobility to experience the benefits of increased activity, either.
Even if you’re disabled or have limited mobility, there are still plenty of ways in which you can keep moving. Of course, there will be plenty of challenges to overcome, but by taking a creative approach you may be able to find a way to become more mobile. When you do, being more active offers many benefits, including boosting your mood, reducing depression and helping to alleviate stress and anxiety. What’s more, it could even give your mood a boost and change your mindset, giving you a fresh and more positive outlook.
If you can manage it, a few simple exercises can make all the difference. One of the main obstacles to increasing mobility is finding something that works for you – because long walks, gym sessions and runs in the park just aren’t appropriate for someone living with mobility issues.
So, with this in mind, let’s take things back to basics. Physical activity comes in all shapes and sizes – and when you think about it, the name of the game is to get your body moving. If you can’t get your whole body moving, then just focus on the parts than you can. Starting simple is the way to go, so you don’t feel daunted – perhaps you could try walking around the house a little more than you usually would or asking a friend or relative to help you try getting up the stairs. These are just two examples of how you could try to encourage yourself to move more. Not only will you give your muscles a stretch, you’ll also exercise your lungs and improve your breathing, and possibly raise your heart rate, too.
If you have limited mobility or a disability, then physiotherapists can suggest ways to increase your mobility levels through movement and exercise. The first step is for them to give you an assessment, so they can get to know your situation and find a way to meet your needs. Then, depending on your needs, they may give you one or more of the following:
- An exercise programme to increase your strength and improve your walking
- Advice on ways to walk differently, in a safer and easier manner
- Advice on mobility equipment and aids that could work for you
- Recommending exercises and equipment to help alleviate severe and chronic pain
Explore mobility aids
Mobility aids can also be a fantastic tool in helping you become more active. For some, it will provide a greater sense of freedom and independence – while others will be able to get out and about in ways that would otherwise be impossible.
Which mobility aids will work best for you depends entirely on your individual circumstances. But with so many options available today, you’re sure to find solutions that meet your needs. You may find it useful to do some research online to see what may be right for you – and when you’re ready, you can start exploring your options here.
Here are a few mobility aid options to consider:
- Wheelchairs – take your pick from electric wheelchairs, lightweight wheelchairs, folding wheelchairs and more
- Mobility scooters – ideal for nipping to the shops or riding around town; you can even buy fully road-legal scooters
- Walking aids – rollators, tri walkers and Zimmer frames can provide valuable support for those with limited mobility
Make sure you stay sociable
When your mobility declines dramatically, unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon for people to become isolated. That’s why it’s so important to take action – and remain as mobile as you physically can. Make sure you take advantage of opportunities to socialise within your community and make the most of local transportation services to help you get out and about.