Losing mobility as you age is a scary thought for most people.
Not being able to do basic things such as walk the dog, work around the house, or going out with friends is a huge loss to someone who has been independent for their entire life.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom!
We’ve spoken to hundreds of patients who have experienced poor mobility and have been told by their doctor that it’s just part of getting old.
In this blog we explore the 6 types of exercise you can do to improve your mobility and even maintain it.
Why Is It Important to Improve Your Mobility?
This is an integral part of people’s lives and enables them to look after themselves.
For people with poor mobility and stiff joints, it can be a challenge to carry out basic self-care tasks such as bathing or dressing.
To retain your independence in later life, you should maintain and improve your mobility, and the best way to do this is through exercise.
6 Types of Exercise to Improve Your Mobility
And it has some fantastic perks too!
Water gives you a weightless feeling when you’re in it. This weightlessness means exercising in water doesn’t put strain on your joints compared to land-based sports like jogging.
We often see runners in our clinics with knee injuries and sore joints.
Whilst recovering from their injuries they go swimming to reduce impact on their sore spots, and they even end up carrying it on after they’re injury is resolved.
It’s an ideal way for people like you who suffer from aching or stiff joints to gain movements they never thought possible without experiencing pain during and after they’ve finished their activity.
As well as helping you burn calories, aqua aerobics is great at making you more flexible and improving the range of movement in your arms and legs.
As if the benefits couldn’t get any better, aqua aerobics will hugely benefit your posture, muscle tone and even your balance.
It looks like it’s time to book in for the next class…
For people over the age of 60, increasing the amount you walk is good for maintaining and improving your mobility.
Did you know that just 1 hour of walking a week can improve your mobility as you age?
It can also help increase the muscle strength in your lower body, which means you also have a lower risk of experiencing a fall.
If you’re going to try and get out for some extra walking after reading this, make sure to wrap up warm!
Pilates focuses on dynamic movements rather than static stretches.
This style of movement encourages your body to stretch and be flexible as well as building up tone from repeated movement.
If the thought of a Pilates class fills you with dread, worry not!
You can even do Pilates from the comfort of your own home. If you’re technology savvy and have access to YouTube, there are hundreds of Pilates workouts that start at beginner all the way to expert.
It’s fantastic if you’re a little nervous about joining a class or you want to see the level you’re currently at.
Going along to a dance class is a great way to stay mobile while also building up your general fitness and making new friends.
There are so many dance styles to choose from that offer you the best chance of increasing mobility, but these are some we’ve picked out!
And if you don’t want to go to the class on your own, remember, it takes two to tango!
A class that could be useful if you want to improve your mobility are ‘body pump’ classes.
These classes teach very light weightlifting designed to build up muscle tone slowly and gently whilst increasing the range of movement you get with your arms.
This type of class can also help to improve your balance, coordination and lowers your risk of experiencing a fall.
Not only are exercise classes a fantastic opportunity to exercise, they also enable you to explore new hobbies that you haven’t thought about doing before.
You can also make new friends who share the same goal of maintaining healthy independence into older years.
How Can Physical Therapy Improve Your Mobility?
As we get older it’s a well-known fact that we become stiffer and experience aches and pains from time to time.
Although your doctor may tell you this is just a part of getting old, we believe it doesn’t have to be.
At Doylestown Sports Medicine Center we treat hundreds of patients who experience bothersome pains and nasty aches that impact their mobility and their ability to function independently.
But they can all tell you that mobility can be improved and if not, completely restored after treatment.
We offer a limited number of FREE physical therapy consultations where you can talk to one of our friendly physiotherapists and discover the best treatment options for you.
To arrange your FREE physical therapy consultation with one of the team, complete our simple webform, or if you prefer to talk over the telephone, you can call us at (215) 348-0666.
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