Appropriate, regular exercise can reduce depression and stress and boost self esteem. It also can improve your strength and endurance, which are critical to staying as healthy as you can as you age.
Remember, limited mobility does not totally limit your ability to work out. If you have been a regular exerciser in the past, you probably have noticed that being inactive makes your mood and energy levels worse. Exercise has a strong effect on mood, and it can be effective to treat depression, just as much as any antidepression drug.
Also, keep in mind that any type of exercise for someone with a disability will provide you with some benefits. Mobility problems mean that some exercise is easier than others. But no matter your condition physically, try to do three types of exercise at least three times per week. These include:
- Cardio - These exercises increase your heart rate as well as endurance. Depending upon your disability or injury, you can try walking, running, cycling, swimming, water aerobics or water jogging.
- Strength training - Use weights or other types of resistance (such as our Range-Master Stretch-Strap above) to build your bone and muscle mass.
- Flexibility training - Will boost range of motion and prevent injury. These exercises also can be great for decreasing pain and stiffness.
To increase the efficiency and variety of your workouts, be sure to try some of our exercise accessories, pictured above and below.
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