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tips for exercising with limited mobility #movewithKIND
published by Owen | published on March 17 2022

As we hope you know by now, #movewithKIND is about getting people moving in anyway possible, regardless of your physical ability or amount you can do. For a lot of people, getting moving isn’t easy due to things like physical disabilities, injuries, and lack of space where they live. That’s why we’ve put together some top tips on some ways you can maximize your movement even with limited mobility – enjoy!

get stretching

Everyone, no matter what your physical ability, can feel stiff every now and then so taking time to do stretches can be great for your body and can also be a nice thing to do in the morning to start your day off on the right foot. For example; in a chair, take both hands over your head and grab your left wrist with your right hand and lean to the right to stretch the left side of your body. Hold this for 4 deep breathes then switch to the other side. Some simple head rolls can be good to follow this up with too!

calling all yogi’s

As we spoke about in our last blog HERE, yoga has so many different benefits and one of the best things about it is it can be adapted to suit the needs of the person doing them. With so many of the moves being adaptable, it makes it a perfect way to get some movement into your daily routine even if you have limited mobility.

arms and legs

To get your arms moving, there are several things you can do that don’t require standing or going to a gym. This can include simple things like arm circles, resistance bands or even using everyday objects like water bottles or cans of food as weights. Similarly with the lower half of your body, if you are able to move your legs whilst sitting, these kinds of exercises can be a great way to help strengthen both your legs and your core muscles.

swimming and aqua-exercise

Some of the best forms of accessible exercise can be done at your local swimming pool. By being in the water, it can help reduce pressure on joints and is as low impact as it gets. On top of this, many swimming pools and leisure centres have classes, support systems and other resources in place for people with limited mobility.

cardio & classes

For anyone with limited mobility, cardio can be one of the more difficult forms of movement to get in as it may not be as simple as going for a jog like some people can. A great way to get some cardio into your life is to contact your local gyms and see what exercise classes they do and if they can be adapted to your requirements. For example, lots of boxing classes can be adapted for people in wheelchairs and this is a fantastic form of cardiovascular exercise.

want to get moving more? find out how you can #movewithKIND here.