As you age, it’s common to lose some of your natural range of motion — leading to troubles with walking, getting up out of a chair, climbing stairs, and more. You might worry that you can no longer keep up with your daily tasks, go out freely to your favourite places and enjoy full independence like you used to. But, that’s ageing… and it catches up with all of us!
While there is no way to fully “stop the clock,” seniors can ‘turn back’ the hands of the clock little by little on their mobility. It’s possible to get back the mobility you had in your prime and enjoy more independence in later life. The good news is that it’s even easier to do so than ever before through Easy Exercising. As you go further, you’ll find out more about seniors’ mobility and how to regain yours through gentle, easy exercises.
Why mobility matters for seniors
The older you get, the more chances that you may experience physical and cognitive changes that can affect your ability to move and get around. This can limit your ability to perform basic tasks and live a happy normal life like you used to. As such, the importance of mobility increases.
Here are some key reasons why mobility is crucial for seniors:
1. Independence and Longevity: Maintaining mobility allows seniors to be more self-sufficient and independent. Being able to perform daily activities like cooking, shopping, and personal care without assistance can enhance your sense of dignity and autonomy. Also, remaining mobile and active can contribute to a longer, healthier life.
2. Physical Health: Regular movement and physical activity are essential for seniors’ physical health. Staying mobile helps to strengthen muscles, maintain joint flexibility, and improve cardiovascular health. It can also help manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
3. Fall Prevention: Falls are a major concern for older adults and can lead to severe injuries and a loss of confidence. An AIHW study confirms that people aged 65 and over are more likely to be hospitalised or die from a fall compared with other life stages. Maintaining mobility can help you stay steady on your feet, reducing the risk of falls and related complications.
4. Mental and Cognitive Health: Mobility is closely linked to mental well-being. Seniors who are physically active are less likely to experience depression, anxiety, and feelings of isolation. Physical activity stimulates the release of endorphins, which can improve mood and reduce stress. Staying physically active can help preserve cognitive function and reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia in seniors.
5. Social Engagement: Being mobile can allow you to participate in social activities, connect with friends, and engage in community events. Social interactions are vital for combating loneliness and promoting a sense of belonging.
How slow exercise can help with seniors mobility
If you have mobility issues, it is easy to think that constant movement may only cause you more harm than good, but that’s not true. Several studies have proven that staying physically active is essential for improving mobility. While you may not have the strength and vigour of your prime for rigorous exercises, slow exercise is still a great way to improve seniors’ mobility.
Slow exercise is a safe and effective way for seniors to improve mobility. Emphasising controlled movements, it enhances joint flexibility, muscle strength, balance, and stability while minimising the risk of injury. Gradual progression and mind-body connection promote long-term benefits, leading to better physical health and quality of life for seniors.
Slow exercises suitable for seniors include Tai Chi, yoga, Pilates, Qigong, chair exercises, water aerobics, walking, stretching, balance exercises, and resistance band exercises. These low-impact routines improve mobility, flexibility, strength, balance, and overall well-being.
How Easy Exercising can help seniors get back the mobility they had in their prime!
I bet sometimes you wish you can get back the mobility, flexibility, and range of motion you had in your prime. You’ve seen that the quality of your life and the ability to do the things you love even in old age are all enhanced by better mobility. And you can regain your mobility through Easy Exercising.
Easy Exercising allows seniors to improve their mobility through easy no-sweat exercises in an elated atmosphere. Through our power-assisted equipment and qualified trainers, we have helped several seniors regain their mobility with ease. Plus, a friendly community of welcoming faces adds to the appeal.
Here’s Anne. She was in her late 70s and had broken her arm some years back which prevented her from performing basic tasks like raising her arms before she came to Easy Exercising. She says:
“After two weeks at Easy Exercising for the Over 50s, I was able to raise and stretch my arms around to my back! Within four weeks, I was able to pick up items from the upper shelves without assistance. The staff were ready to help, as and when I needed assistance. I feel like a 60 year old”
If you wish to turn back the hands of the clock on your age just like Anne, visit an Easy Exercising centre near you. You get to try our power-assisted equipment for FREE when you do so!