Getting enough exercise can be a challenge at the best of times, let alone when you’re confined to your home! Being indoors doesn’t have to mean being sedentary though; there are lots of ways you can keep active at home and we’ve put together these ideas that are ideal for people with limited mobility.
Home Workout Routines
There are lots of workout videos and guides available online designed specifically for people who are disabled or elderly. YouTube is a great place to find routines to follow, with options like seated yoga or Fitness Blender’s low-impact total body workout.
10 Today is an exercise programme from Sport England, broadcast on BBC Radio. Their 10-minute audio workouts are designed for older people to maintain physical strength and stamina, improve mental health and prolong independence. The exercises can be done standing or sitting and can be adapted for different fitness levels.
Now is the perfect time of year to get outside and start tending to your garden. Depending on your physical abilities you might not be able to do any strenuous work, but you’ll benefit from fresh air, sunlight and physical activity just by pottering around! Getting outside and taking in some vitamin D is beneficial on its own, and by taking a little time to go around the garden to do some pruning and watering you’ll be getting your body moving and your mind stimulated.
You don’t need to have any natural rhythm to physically benefit from dancing! Listening to music in itself releases endorphins that help to combat anxiety and reduce pain, and even if you’ve got two left feet you’ll be helping keep your body healthy by moving around to your favourite songs in whichever way suits you.
Products like these pedal exercisers are a great way to get your heart rate up and your joints moving. You can use them seated, either placed on the floor to exercise your legs or placed on top of a table to exercise your arms. Resistance bands are another excellent piece of equipment, providing lots of options for stretching and strength training to suit different physical needs and abilities. We stock these and other tools to help you keep active in our shops, and are offering click and collect or home deliveries so that we can get them to you safely. Give us a call to find out more.
Some safety tips before getting started:
- Make sure you don’t over-exert yourself! You shouldn’t get so puffed out that you can’t speak – take a breather whenever you need to
- Always make sure you’re hydrated – drink water before, during and after any exercise
- If you start to feel dizzy or weak or experience any pain at any point, stop and rest and try a gentler alternative next time.
We hope this has given you some ideas for how to stay active while you’re home! Let us know if you have any tips of your own to share.