As we get increasingly older, mobility is really important. And I’m not talking about cell phones. If you think about it, everything you do and every experience you have is very much related to how well you can move about. Movement translates into independence and that in turn reflects on quality of life. As we and our loved ones age it becomes increasingly clear what a devastating effect a simple fall can have on our lives. According to the National Institute of Health there are over 300,000 people admitted to hospitals every year for broken hips which are often caused by falling. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control one out of every three Americans over the age of 65 falls each year. In seniors between the ages of sixty five and eighty four, these falls are responsible for eighty nine percent of fractures they receive. Those are alarming statistics. If you do nothing to stay active and don’t take measures to remain mobile it’s possible to lose up to forty percent of your muscle mass by the time you are eighty years old.
Fortunately, there are things you can do on a daily basis to keep from becoming a statistic. Small changes in your every day life can make a difference. Try to incorporate some of these practices in your routine and you’ll be rewarded with improved mobility and increased strength.
*Use the stairs whenever possible.
*Park you car in a spot further from the store.
*Exercise during TV commercials. You can practice getting up and sitting down or do calf stretches.
*Squeezing a small rubber ball repeatedly with one hand can help improve grip strength.
*Practice standing on one leg while holding on to a chair or standing at the kitchen counter.
*Switch up the way you do your daily activities. Try washing dishes or shaving with the hand you don’t normally use.
*To help improve balance, walk heel to toe down a hallway.
*Practice getting up and down on your tippy toes when reaching for something in the cupboard.
You don’t have to have a lot of free time for exercise sessions. Look around your home to see how you can force yourself to move more. It takes time to build your strength and increase your fitness level so be patient and don’t give up. As you become more mobile you’ll naturally want to do more and will be more inclined to go places and do things. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Do you have any tips for being more active at home? Share below and visit us at http://www.trilliumhomecare.com