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3 Exercises for Seniors in Wheelchairs

Working out is crucial for seniors, even if they have limited mobility. However, this can be more difficult for those who use wheelchairs because they will need to adapt their exercise routines accordingly. Though this may be challenging, it is far from impossible. Las Vegas home care experts have put together a list of some easy exercises your loved one can do from his or her wheelchair.

1. Front Raises 

These exercises can provide your loved one with more strength for reaching up and lifting objects overhead. Doing front raises with small weights not only helps increase upper body strength, but these exercises help build the shoulder muscles as well. Your loved one will need to press his or her back firmly against the back of the wheelchair while resting the hands on top of the legs. Without locking the elbows, the arms and wrists should be straightened and the knuckles pointed forward. Your loved one will need to lift the weights in front of the shoulders while keeping them parallel to the floor. 

2. Arm Workouts

Working out the arms is necessary for your loved one to increase his or her heart rate. Arm exercises not only boost cardiovascular function, but these workouts can also help your loved one become more flexible by increasing his or her upper body strength. To complete this arm workout, your loved one needs to lift a lightweight ball over his or her head and move it in a circular motion in front of the body, as if following the hands of a clock, then stop at the top and make a circle in the other direction. 

3. Torso Exercises 

When your loved one works out this part of the body, he or she is strengthening the stomach, sides, and back. Torso exercises can easily be done from a wheelchair, and only a lightweight ball is needed. The purpose of this exercise is to help your loved one gain better flexibility and range of motion. He or she will need to take the ball and hold it near the body while bending the elbows at a 90-degree angle, then turn the body as far to the left as possible without leaning over, return to the center, and then turn as far right as possible.

Seniors with all levels of mobility can benefit from regular exercise. For instance, if your loved one needs Parkinson’s or stroke care in Las Vegas, it’s important to find ways to adapt an exercise routine to his or her condition. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are expertly trained to help with exercise and mobility and can also assist with a wide variety of other daily tasks. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our experienced Care Managers at (702) 550-3185 to schedule a free in-home consultation.