Mobility-related disability is the highest type of disability in the UK, affecting around 53% of total disability cases. Others may struggle with their mobility due to old age or an injury, but whatever the cause, difficulties with mobility can make day to day life more difficult.
If you have mobility issues, you may struggle with daily tasks such as washing or dressing or find that these activities are more painful or laboured. Luckily, there are some light exercises and activities which can help to improve mobility and keep your body strong. It’s important to go at your own pace and only take on what you can manage, but if you’d like some ideas for ways to improve your mobility, see our brief guide below.
Yoga and gentle stretching are excellent ways to improve mobility and flexibility, and you don’t need to be able to do complicated contorted poses! You can start with some seated twisting poses and move up to floor work or stretching while standing if you can. There are plenty of online tutorials available or live online classes if you’d like some more direction.
Gentle, controlled strength exercises are a great way to maintain muscle mass and help improve your overall mobility. You could try swimming or light weights but discuss with a doctor first to make sure you can exercise safely.
Many people hold tension in their shoulders and upper back and bad posture can lead to a range of issues, including reduced mobility. This deep breathing is a good way to start your day and it can improve mobility over time. If you can, lie on the floor with your hand on your stomach and breathe into the count of four. Hold for four seconds, then breathe out for four. Repeat for one to two minutes.
Sometimes the simplest exercises are the best and walking has many benefits for mobility and heart health. Start small to increase your endurance slowly, and you could even add some light weights for a full body workout once you feel confident.
Here at Bespoke Bathing, we understand that reduced mobility can affect every aspect of your life, which is why we’re proud to offer custom bathroom solutions to suit you. Our walk-in showers, walk-in baths and wet rooms offer functional bathing solutions that are stylish too, and perfectly tailored to your needs. For more information about any of our bathing solutions or to discuss your requirements, give us a call today or visit the website.