Seniors need to stay active if they want to maintain their mobility. Even though you may be older your muscles can still be strengthened and may even be maintained with the proper exercise routine. Improving mobility is key to living a happy, healthy life.
A few tips that will help improve a senior’s mobility include:
1. Start with a Commitment
Commitments are meant to keep you on track. If you want to improve your mobility, you need to stay committed to your cause. This means a commitment to stay active. Seniors that sit on the couch all day and night watching television will lose their mobility.
You can stay committed by:
- Writing down your goals
- Tracking your progress
- Setting aside time to stay active
2. Focus on Balance
You need to have a focus on balance – at least, somewhat. Mobility and balance go hand-and-hand. Make balance a key part of staying active. You can do a lot of things to improve your balance:
- Ride a horse
- Ride a bike
- Core exercises
- Hip exercises
If you can maintain your balance, this means less risk of falling and injuries.
3. Avoid Injuries with Living Space Changes
Your living space needs change as you age. When you’re younger, you might not mind going up several flights of stairs. When you’re older, stairs and obstacles can lead to injuries. A senior that is injured has a higher risk of losing their mobility.
There’s also a much higher risk of death when a person injures their hips – a major issue among seniors.
A few key changes to your living space that will make a huge difference are:
- Install ramps as needed
- Remove any furniture that poses a risk of tripping
- Add rails
4. Join Meetup Groups
When people don’t have anything on their schedule to do, it’s easy to sit in the house and “waste away.” Meetup groups allow you to get out and see the world. There are a lot of options available in your local community, too.
I enjoy Meetup.com because it allows you to join groups with other seniors.
You’ll find the social element to be stimulating while also getting active. If there’s a reason to get out of the house, you’ll start to move around, leading to an easier time improving your mobility.
5. Maintain a Healthy Weight
The world’s population is facing an obesity problem. And seniors who are less active will have a much easier time getting obese. No one wants to have to watch what they eat, but it’s an essential part of maintaining and improving your mobility.
If you’ve lost mobility or suffer from knee or ankle pain, it’s time to look at your weight.
- Eating healthy
Online calculators are a great start in finding out your ideal weight. You’ll also want to talk to your doctor to better understand what a healthy weight for you is given your height. Losing even 10 pounds can dramatically improve your mobility.
6. Set Aside Time for Walking
Don’t want to go to the gym? Don’t want to do yoga for seniors? Well, you have one thing that you can do that will make a huge difference in your mobility: walk. A person that walks often will improve their hip, core and leg muscles.
You’ll start to tone your muscles, have an easier time losing and maintaining weight and also keep your confidence levels high.
Ask a friend to join you on a daily walking routine, or you can join a local walking group. There are plenty of seniors that are getting out walking – join them.
7. Use Walking Aids If Needed
If your balance is off and you’re afraid that you’ll fall, use a walking aid. There’s no shame in using a walking aid, and your walking aid will improve your mobility. The key is to not let the condition worsen.
Start using your walking aid more and more.
Whether you’re using a cane or a walker, walking aids will allow you to improve your lower body strength to start improving your mobility. If you are in the need of a rollator you can find a list of models we recommend here.
8. Consider Orthotics
Orthotics come in many forms. You can wear orthotics to reduce foot pain, or you can use orthotics to help you fight against foot drop. When you’re not moving like you should, consider talking to your doctor or a physical therapist.
The introduction of orthotics or prosthetics will help you improve your mobility.
9. Start Doing Things You’re Scared to Do
Young and older people alike have a tendency to ignore the things they want to do because they’re scared. It’s normal to be scared once in a while, but when you’re a senior, this fear can lead you to lose mobility.
Start doing things that scare you.
Hike. Play tennis. Get back into that sport you played in high school. There are sports leagues for seniors, too. If you’re scared of something and injury isn’t a concern, do it. Sometimes, just getting out and testing yourself will lead to an increase in mobility and confidence.
Just because you’re a senior doesn’t mean that you’re any less capable of doing anything.
10. Do Something Every Day
A major issue that everyone – young and old – has is that they let days pass by where they do absolutely nothing. You need to make sure that you do something every day. This means that you take a walk, go to the gym, go swimming, walk around the mall or do anything that gets your body moving and your blood pumping.
Daily exercise is the best way to improve your fitness level.
So, get up and start moving daily. Stay committed and you’ll strengthen your muscles and improve your mobility.