What comes to mind when you think about exercising? For many, it’s running, walking, standing, moving around more. While that’s simple enough for you, seniors who are wheelchair-bound face a bigger challenge. Wheelchair-bound seniors, unfortunately, have movement restrictions and limited mobility. But it’s still important that they lead active and independent lives. Below we’ve outlined 5 different exercises to help improve the daily lives of wheelchair-bound seniors. While sitting up straight with the ab muscles contracted, hold up your arms at shoulder level and keep your hand facing down. Now curve your fingers as if you’re gripping handles and push your arms out in front of you. Next, extend them as far as you can while being careful not to lock your joints. Bend your elbows, pull your arms back until they are slightly behind the torso. Now squeeze your shoulder blades together. Repeat!
Sit up straight and keep your abs engaged. Hold a medicine ball or a balloon at chest level, then squeeze it between your hands to contract the chest muscles. Now slowly push the ball out before you until your elbows are straight – but not locked. Keep squeezing the ball throughout the whole movement. Pull the ball back to your chest and repeat it!
Engage your abs while sitting up straight and have your feet flat on the ground. Now tilt your toes upwards towards the ceiling, then point them back down towards the floor. Repeat this motion several times for an easy exercise!
Sit up straight, engage your abs, and place your feet flat on the ground. Then slowly raise one leg and bend the knee, lifting your leg as high as possible while remaining comfortable. Next, lower your foot back to the floor and repeat the motions with your other leg. Alternate each leg back and forth with these motions.
Getting out of the wheelchair and into the water for some aqua training exercises can do wonders for the body! Exercising in water can be specifically beneficial for seniors. The water helps to better support the body and works to minimize joint discomfort.
If you need more information on exercises for a senior with limited mobility, please feel free to call our experts here at Home Care Assistance and schedule your consultation.