There are certain things in life that are inevitable. Winter will turn into spring and summer, people will disagree about politics, and everyone will get older. Many people seem to have a resigned idea about aging. The idea that getting older and less and less mobile is simply the way things progress, and very little can be done to stop that progression. This is in fact, totally untrue. Barring extenuating circumstances, seniors at any point have the ability to increase their mobility and the use of their muscles in numerous ways that aide in the retention of their mobility. As we age, it becomes even more important to pay close attention to these methods in order to retain the level of mobility that you currently possess. Here are some things you can do to keep yourself mobile as you age:
I know what you’re thinking, you’ve seen the yoga poses on the internet or in studios and you think there’s no way you could possibly bend yourself into those kinds of positions. Yoga, in fact, is just a fancier name for targeted stretching, and there are multiple ways to do so incrementally so that the practice can move with your current mobility level. As a rehabilitation doctor, I have always seen more progress with patients who have adopted some sort of stretching routine at home, no matter how modified it may be.
Try And Do What You’ve Always Done
There are lots of ways to augment your activities to make them safer as you age. If you used to enjoy walking regularly, but find the need to sit down often, having a walker with you can provide both the needed support and a resting place. When it comes to your mobility, modification is king, but many seniors feel as though if they cannot do something exactly as they have always done it, there is no point doing it at all. In fact, continuing to do modified versions of what you have always done could help restore some of the mobility you have lost.
Invest In Your Physical Health
Many of the top diseases that affect seniors are greatly aided by adding physical activity to daily routines. If you’ve never exercised before, it’s never too late to start. Low-impact activities like walking or swimming have multiple health benefits that allow you to perform better in your everyday life.
Live In A Space That Works For You
Living in a space that allows you to move around as freely as possible maintains independence and helps seniors retain their functional mobility. Living in a home where using your space requires constant help can actually hinder your mobility over time. When seniors are looking to age healthfully, having a home that is functionally coherent is one of the best ways to do so.
No Matter what your mobility level is, working to maintain and improve that is one of the most successful ways to age in a way that affords you the ability to maintain the lifestyle you want. If you’re not sure how to start making your home more accessible, check out the IA Checklist here.