According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as many as 13.7 percents of people may have some degree of limited mobility.
Exercising with limited mobility is not easy.
And as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) further explains, limited mobility is not just something that can happen as we age. Mobility issues can crop up at any point in life, whether due to illness, injury, a surgical procedure, or another unforeseen health issue.
But one thing remains the same throughout life: exercising with limited mobility is not easy. Thankfully, it is possible.
There are several innovative and easy-to-use mobility aids and accessories that can make exercise safer and more accessible for people with limited physical function.
Take five minutes to learn about these must-haves for limited mobility exercise and enjoy the many benefits they can offer to you or a loved one under your care.
Five Workout Must-Haves for People with Limited Mobility
1. Resistance bands.
Resistance bands make for a fabulous alternative to traditional weighted resistance machines. You can remain safely in place and use the band to add an extra challenge to your workout routine.
Get a whole set and ramp up the resistance level as you grow stronger.
2. Yoga blocks and straps.
Yoga blocks and straps can help ease a range of motion issues that may interfere with your workout.
Yoga blocks can bring the ground up to meet you, and straps will help you adapt common stretches, and simple yoga poses to your mobility level and needs.
3. BeltBro belt alternatives.
With BeltBro, you can go beltless with confidence during your workouts and enjoy more ease and safety.
Nothing beats having a comfortable, well-fitting workout wardrobe. But traditional belts can get in the way of adaptive accessories. They can also be uncomfortable, cutting into your abdomen, causing gas and abrasion, and further limiting the range of motion.
With BeltBro, you can go beltless with confidence during your workouts and enjoy more ease and safety. As a side benefit, beltless options like BeltBro can also make dressing and changing before and after workouts more relaxed, faster, and more comfortable.
4. Stick roller.
A stick roller is an adaptive alternative to the traditional foam roller. It helps ease away muscle knots and send healing blood flow to any areas that feel tight, tender, stiff, or achy.
Unlike with traditional foam rollers, with a stick roller, you can grasp it with one or both hands and apply pressure to the area without having to leave your seat or get down on the ground.
5. Hand putty and small hand weights/ankle strap weights.
Hand putty is an excellent aid for maintaining handgrip strength and can also make it easier to write. With small hand weights and ankle strap weights, it becomes possible to get in both strength training and some degree of aerobic or cardiovascular workout while remaining seated safely.
These accessories can make working out more fun by adding variety to each workout.
Each of these workout must-haves can make exercising with limited mobility safer and more beneficial for you or a loved one. The use of adaptive tools like these can help boost confidence, ease pain, and add flexibility and strength. Most importantly, these accessories can make working out more fun by adding variety to each workout.
SAFETY NOTE: Remember, always talk with your doctor or physical therapist before changing your regular limited mobility workout routine.
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