Running, walking, taking the stairs, standing more – All movements that often come to mind when we think of exercise. And why not? They’re simple enough to live a more active lifestyle. But this is unfortunately not the case for seniors who are wheelchair-bound.
Still, it is important that these seniors be able to live healthy and active lifestyles! So, below we’re giving you 5 different exercises that can keep wheelchair-bound seniors strong and independent.
While keeping your ab muscles contracted, sit up straight and hold your arms at should level while keeping your hands face down. Now curve your fingers (like you’re gripping handles) and push out both your arms straight in front of you as far as you can extend them without locking the joints. Begin to bend your elbows and pull your arms back to you until the elbows are a little behind your torso. Squeeze your shoulder blades together, and repeat!
Sit straight up with your abs engaged and hold up a medicine ball or a balloon at your chest level. Squeeze the ball between your hands to make your chest muscles contract and keep squeezing throughout this entire movement. Slowly push the ball forward until your elbows are straight, not locked, then pull the ball back to your chest and repeat.
Engage your abs, sit up straight, and put your feet flat on the ground. Then tilt up your toes towards the ceiling, and now back down towards the floor. Repeat this motion several times over.
Slowly raise one leg while sitting up straight and keeping your abs engaged. Your other foot should be flat on the ground. Now life your leg as high as you can comfortably, then lower your foot back to the floor. Repeat this motion with your other leg and continue to alternate each leg.
Exercising in water can provide additional benefits like better body support and less joint discomfort. Aqua training exercises and swimming are great ways to get into the water and of the wheelchair for a little while and stay active!
Please call Home Care Assistance if you would like additional information on keeping a wheelchair bound senior healthy, or for more details regarding our home care programs.