Just because one suffers from limited mobility, it does not mean that exercising is not possible. Exercise is essential for everyone, regardless of whether or not one is fully able-bodied. There are countless benefits to exercising. As well as contributing to overall physical health, exercise can be greatly beneficial with regard to stabilizing blood sugar levels, increasing insulin sensitivity, lowering blood pressure, and slowing the progression of neuropathy.
It is also important for those with diabetes to exercise as much as possible.However, if one suffers from diabetes, it is important to inform doctors of your intention to undertake an exercise regime.
For those suffering from limited mobility as a result of neuropathy, some of the recommended activities are swimming, cycling, rowing, chair exercises, arm exercises, and other non-weight bearing exercises like yoga or tai chi. It is important to remember that one should always take care of ones feet during exercise. If necessary, use an air or Silica gel insole in order to provide extra protection.
There are many types of special equipment and exercise videos available for those with limited mobility who wish to exercise. One can also find a comprehensive list of specialized exercises aimed at those with limited mobility on the internet. These exercises can be especially helpful for those recovering from strokes or other problems that lead to limited mobility.
There are many gyms and health clubs whose purpose is to provide such services for those with limited mobility. If necessary, ask managers of gyms and fitness centers if their facilities provide such services.
When undertaking exercise, it is vital to warm up correctly. This true for people of any level of ability. Those with limited mobility should not feel exempt from the warming up process. In order to warm up properly, try performing neck rolls, shoulder circles, overhead arm swings, crossover arm swings, and side bends.
For the neck rolls, tuck in the chin and roll it from side to side. For shoulder circles, raise one shoulder toward the ear before lowering it once more. Overhead arm swings require one to swing the arms overhead and down past the hips. Crossover arm swings require one to swing the arms in a wider arc. These exercises should be repeated six to ten times each. For those who are not able to stand, it might be necessary to consult a doctor in order to ascertain the suitability of certain warming up exercises.