Mobility refers to our ability to move easily and freely from one place to another. It’s one of the most critical issues when it comes to the health and fitness of the elderly.
One wish that is shared by everybody is that of living a long, healthy, and productive life surrounded by our loved ones. However, for you to be able to enjoy such a beautiful wish, you need to be able to move freely, even in your old age.
Unfortunately for us, the older we get, the more our ability to move freely and easily decline. Things that might limit our ability to move independently in old age include hip fractures, diseases such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and osteoporosis.
How Is Mobility Assessed?
There are several ways of assessing your mobility. One of them is by checking whether you are experiencing difficulties while walking. A doctor can also use standardized tests of walking to determine if your ability to move freely has declined.
What Are Some Of The Signs Of Declining Ability To Move Independently And Safely?
The two most visible signs of decline in mobility are your inability to run or even walk for long distances. The good thing about this issue of mobility limitation is that it can be prevented using exercises.
The reason why exercises are ideal is that they help you to improve your postural balance and to increase your lower extremity strength. These are the two things that are needed by the body for it to be able to bring about movement and also to uphold a balanced vertical posture while moving.
Exercises That Help The Elderly Prevent Immobility
- Chair squats
Chair squats are simple exercises that can do in the comfort of your home, as all you need is a chair. To perform this exercise correctly, you need to start by standing in front of a chair with your feet hip-width apart. Then, slowly lower your body to the chair bending your knees as if you are going to sit, then gently touch the seat of the chair and return to the original standing posture.
This exercise enables you to strengthen your knee muscles and to strengthen the joints.
2. Seated abdominal press
This is another essential exercise as it helps to strengthen your core, which enables you to maintain your stability. This exercise is easy to perform.
You need to start by being in a seated posture with your feet flat on the floor. Then place both your hands on your knees with your elbows locked and press your palms into your knees and hold for about 4-5 seconds.
There are a lot of benefits associated with mobility for the elderly. Mobility helps you to maintain your ability to live independently; it also helps to control the pain associated with arthritis and enables you to maintain healthy bones, joints, and muscles. This, in return, helps to lower the risk of bone fractures.