Mood-Boosting Effects of Exercise for People with Limited Mobility

by Zyana Morris

in Lifestyle

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Just like ignorance is no excuse to committing a sin, similarly, immobility should not deter you from indulging in physical exercise. In fact, some form of therapies even involve urging the physically disabled person achieve their health goals.

You just need to exercise a little bit of innovation and will power to make physical activity your best friend.

According to CDC more than 21 million US adults 18-64 years of age have some of disability. They may experience impairment in seeing, hearing, concentrating, recalling or decision making.

Also it is believed that adults with disabilities are prone to get heart diseases, strokes, diabetes or cancer for that matter. Hence aerobic physical activity is always advised with 82% of adults taking up exercise on doctor’s recommendation.

For obvious reasons doctors wanted to eradicate depression, enhance self-esteem, relieve stress and anxiety and improve the overall outlook on life.  If you suffer from joint problems, any injury or illness or weight issues, it is better late than never to get moving. Following are some of the benefits:

  • Increases cardiovascular endurance
  • Short term muscle strength is enhances
  • Boosts energy
  • Strengthens bones
  • Elongates lifespan
  • Improves overall mood and social well-being
  • Sounder sleep patterns
  • Help prevent lethal addictions
  • Reduces the risk of various acute diseases related to the brain or heart e.g. Alzheimer or heart attacks.

Limited Mobility-All the more reason to exercise

Especially designed exercise plans are now aimed to help and facilitate people with limited mobility to get on the go and increase the level of exercise in their life. Your medical condition might push you into depression or in a state of morbidity from where it is difficult to pull yourself out from.

Exercise releases endorphins in your blood which spike your mood, act as a stress buffer and create an aura of well-being.  Inactivity on the other hand causes your energy levels and mood to take a low ebb.

Did you know that exercise can have the same effect as an anti-depressant? When injured, it is advisable to either treat it with complete bed rest or train your mind and body to overcome your mobility issues to reap the unlimited benefits of exercising.

Being emotionally resilient to exercise

Getting medical clearance will automatically empower you to gather up the energy and will power to begin your exercise regimen. Fear of falling, injuring yourself or embarrassing yourself in public may stop a person with a disability to pursue physical exercise.

Emotional superiority can be achieved my mindfully practicing certain techniques to help you overcome your fears.

  • Face the challenges that come your way resolutely. Get your creative juices flowing and find alternate ways to exercise that might work for you keeping your disability or immobility in mind. You’ve just got to push yourself to the extreme limit and challenge yourself. Don’t get disappointed if you are unable to go jogging and cycling, something you formerly used to enjoy.
  • Reward yourself every time you make even a tad bit of progress and be proud of the fact that you are least trying to be physically active for a change. A sedentary lifestyle is like slow poison which eats away at your health like anything.

3 steps to getting yourself to exercise

Step#1:

Make a routine and follow it strictly: Take up something you enjoy doing and set short-term fitness goals that are attainable and realistic. Make it a part of your daily routine and stick to them. Being consistent in what you have decided to do along with embracing the ups and downs that come your way is the key to success.

Step #2:

Take safety precautions: You do not want to regret doing anything in a flow of emotions or out of impulse. Do not over-exert yourself and stop exercising in case you feel pain and practice relaxing techniques simultaneously. Keep yourself hydrated while exercising and dress in comfortable fitness attire that will give you the desired look and feeling of awesomeness.

Step # 3: Adding an element of mindfulness in your workout

Working out just for the sake of it, is not enough. You need to make a conscious effort to understand the other factors at play behind this whole fitness regime.

Live in the moment and make your experience more fulfilling by paying close attention to your body instead of zoning out. You will see the physical benefits of doing so yourself and together elevate your mood and sense of well-being.

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