Exercise is good for everyone – and seniors who have a disability are no exception to the rule. In fact, it can help with a wide variety of things, including our overall mood. When it comes to treating a number of different chronic conditions, exercise is an effective treatment. If you have a disability or are looking for information for someone who has a disability, it might be different than traditional methods of exercise – but that does not mean that you should forgo exercise altogether. These are a few different ways people can get started.
Step #1 – Talk To Your Doctor
The first thing that you want to do is ensure that you are healthy enough for physical activity. Even with a disability this could also include heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or arthritis. A doctor is going to be able to tell you what you could do and what you should avoid altogether.
Step #2 – Talk To A Physical Therapist
Whereas a doctor is going to tell you whether you should start exercising in the first place (whether you are healthy enough to do so) a physical therapist is going to give you instructions and pointers on what to do and how to do it.
Especially for those seniors who have a distality, it might be challenging to determine where to start or how to get started in the first place. A physical therapist is going to take your current situation into consideration and plan from there.
Step #3 – Look For A Support Group
Even though others may try their best to understand your needs or your hesitations, it is always a good idea to find a support group of likeminded people who all want the same thing. This is going to help you stay motivated. This is why many of our residents come together and do their exercises together. It not only helps to push people a bit more when you exercise together, but you also get the added benefit of knowing that someone else is expecting you to be present during your exercises.
No matter your age level, no matter your disability, it is always beneficial to get started on an exercise program. By following these different steps, you are able to get started in a healthy and responsible way. Even doing very little exercise is always going to be better for your long-term health than no exercise.