Thousands of Australians are living with limited mobility. Whether it’s resulting from an injury or due to a medical condition, having limited mobility can impact a person’s social and recreational activities, and sometimes leave them feeling isolated and alone.
If you or a loved one have limited mobility, you’re not alone and there are plenty of fun and healthy activities available to suit your interests and lifestyle, it’s just a case of finding something that’s right for you! Engaging in a hobby can help you remain mentally sharp and physically active and also gives you a fuller social calendar with the opportunity to meet new people!
If you’re looking to step out of your comfort zone and try something new, here’s some ideas to inspire you:
1. Hydrotherapy & Swimming
Public hydro-pools offer group classes for all abilities with both assisted and independent access. Hydrotherapy and aquatic exercise is a great low impact activity which allow free and independent movement without straining your body. The temperature of hydro-pools is designed to create a warm, safe and nourishing environment to help your body and mind relax.
2. Yoga & Pilates
Yoga and Pilates are gentle and slow-paced alternatives if you don’t enjoy the water. Plenty of studios across Australia offer specialised classes for seniors and people with limited mobility. There are many benefits of practicing yoga or Pilates regularly including: improving your strength, balance, fitness and stability while having fun and making new friends!
3. Personal Training
Connecting with a personal trainer is a great way to improve your fitness and focus on specific areas of development. You can choose to have a session in the comfort of your own home or at your local gym.
Personal trainers can help you achieve your fitness goals, by tailoring every exercise to meet your unique abilities and requirements. They can provide expert advice about your diet, to help you move and feel better and may also have group class options if you’re keen to meet others.
You don’t have to say no to the more adventurous activities just because you have limited mobility – so, surf’s up!
New developments in technology are now making beaches and the surf more accessible for everyone. The Disabled Surfers Association of Australia (DSAA) supports members with limited mobility, from joint injuries to paraplegia, and get them get out into the sunshine, sand and water!
5. Walking Groups
Joining a local walking group is a good way to get fit outdoors, make new friends, engage in good conversation and maybe have a few laughs too! If there isn’t already a group near you, start your own through Meet Up - a new social media platform that aims to bring people and communities together. You can use the app or website to set up events and meet up with like-minded people in your area!
6. Book Clubs
Reading is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in another world and narrative and can be educational too! Joining a book club connects you with other people and gives you the opportunity to discuss your favourite and latest books. Hot tip: if you can’t make it to a book club meeting in person, because of mobility issues or otherwise, you can organise a Skype video session and share your thoughts and insights from the comfort of your home!
7. Art Classes
Whether you’ve already got a creative side or have never held a paint brush before, art classes can be a fun and therapeutic activity that give you the opportunity to express yourself and learn a new skill. While painting is one of the more common and popular art classes available, many community and art centres offer ceramics and textiles classes too. Try a little bit of everything and see what you like best!
At Life Mobility, we aim to empower people living with a disability or limited mobility to lead active and independent lives. You can view our range of products online here.
If you need further information or assistance about our products and services, feel free to contact us today or come and see our friendly consultants at our Bayswater or Mornington showrooms in Victoria.