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5 Exercises for Wheelchair-Bound Seniors

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If someone were to tell you to exercise more, what would you think of? Your mind probably jumps to running, walking, or just generally moving around, which seems easy enough. But unfortunately for seniors who are wheelchair bound, this is not usually possible. Wheelchair bound seniors are restricted from certain movements and exercises, but it is still important for them to live active, independent lives. Let’s take a look below where we have outlined several exercises that will ultimately improve the daily lives of wheelchair bound seniors!

Shoulder Retractions

Sit straight, contract your ab muscles, and hold your arms at shoulder level. With your hands facing down, curve your fingers as if you were gripping handles and push both arms out straight in front of you. Without locking the joints, extend them as far out as you can and then bend your elbows. Begin to pull your arms back until your elbows are just behind your torso. Now squeeze your shoulder blades together! Repeat.

Chest Squeezes 

Sitting up straight with your abs engaged, grab a medicine ball or a balloon and hold it at chest level. Then squeeze the ball between your hands to make your chest muscles contract and slowly push the ball forward until your elbows straighten (but not lock). Keep squeezing the ball throughout this movement and then pull it back towards you. Repeat!

Toe Taps

Sit up straight with your abs contracted and place your feet flat on the ground. Start by tilting your toes upwards and then point them back down towards the ground again. Now repeat – easy! 

Knee Lifts

With your feet flat to the ground, sit up straight and keep your abs engaged. Then slowly begin to raise one leg, bend your knee, and lift your leg as high as possible without straining yourself. Now lower your foot back onto the ground and repeat these motions with your other leg. Continue on while alternating legs.

Aqua Training

It’s time to swim! Getting in the water and out of the wheelchair to do some aqua training exercises is a great way to stay active. Water exercise is particularly beneficial for seniors since water helps to support the body better while minimizing joint discomfort.

For further guidance on caring for a wheelchair bound seniors, call Home Care Assistance today and talk to our experts and schedule your consultation!

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