By : Kandace Heller
Mobility can have a significant effect on quality of life. The ability to get around without pain or discomfort both improves your mood and encourages you to be more active, which will further improve overall health. Furthermore, falls are a significant health hazard to seniors, and improving mobility can help prevent them.
1. Restoring Balance
Balancing exercises are one of the first keys to mobility. A strong sense of balance will reduce the risk of falling and make other mobility exercises possible. This can be accomplished in small ways, by practicing standing on one leg or performing small, standing leg raises throughout the day. A more formal exercise program, such as yoga or tai chi will reap even greater benefits.
2. Chair Exercises
For seniors who have trouble standing for long periods of time, chair exercises may be the key to exercising safely and building up stamina. While it may seem simple, exercise programs like this can significantly increase mobility and decrease overall pain and stiffness.