Learn to Improve Mobility in Seniors

As seniors age it is common for them to experience a loss mobility. This is the main reason for many seniors living less active lifestyles. When you’re used to walking around your entire life unaided, learning to walk with a walker, cane or even using a wheelchair is a struggle.

As you age, it’s a good idea to downshift from high-impact exercises. All that pounding needs to give way to something that’s more in line with what your body needs now.

Eccentric Straight Leg Raise

This exercise works your abdominal and hip flexor muscles which will improve your ability to get out of bed, get out of a chair and maintain your posture and help back muscle pain.

Cat-Camel Stretch

Get on your hands and knees. Place your hands underneath your shoulders and knees underneath your hips. Put a towel under your knees if you want a little extra padding. Your back should be straight, like a table top. Round your back while tucking your tail under, and hold for 10 seconds. Then open your chest and slightly arch your back. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat the stretch in both directions for 30 to 60 seconds.

Single limb stance

A great place to begin is with the simplest standing balance exercise. Hold on to a chair and balance on one leg.
This is a great place to begin to feel your center of gravity over your ankles. This is your goal, maintaining your center over your ankles.
Try a few seconds balancing on each foot. Work up to a minute if you can. Then begin to hold on with one hand, then one finger and finally try to let go completely.

Work on Your Balance

One of the key most important things a person can do to maintain mobility is to work on balance. Why? A lack of proper balance can lead to slips and falls – something no elderly person wants.

A fall can set you back months, and if you break a hip or leg in the process, your mobility can end up worse than ever before.

Proper balance is the key to your mobility, and this balance comes from your:

Core muscles
Back
Butt
Hips

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