5 New Year’s Resolutions for Better Mobility in 2014
by Michelle Seitzer
Out with the old, in with the new. At this time of year, everyone is thinking about how they’ll do things differently in 2014. But how do you keep that shiny, optimistic New Year’s momentum going after the ball drops? Check out these New Year’s resolutions that will keep you moving ahead, literally:
Exercise for fun. What if we changed our perspective and thought about exercising for the fun of it? Find a type of exercise that’s truly fun for you—for me, Zumba fits the bill—and get started ASAP. The longer you wait, the harder it is to start!
Get moving. Increasing your daily physical activity level, which will lead to better mobility overall, doesn’t have to be complicated. Park your car a little further away from the store entrance, dance in place when you hear your favorite song on the radio, or play a game with the grandkids. If you deal with mobility challenges, these activities can be adapted accordingly: dance in your power chair or play a game with the grandkids that doesn’t involve running around — at least on your end. The Nintendo Wii and other gaming systems may be a good option in this case. Check out this article from the Museum of disABILITY History for adaptive sports and recreation ideas.
Let go of stress. Stress weighs us down. We can’t eliminate it altogether, but we certainly don’t need to add more pressure than is necessary. Sit down and make a list of the things you’re worried about; the things that are keeping you up at night. Leaving those burdens behind will definitely propel you to better mobility.
Take more naps. Yes, we’re giving you permission, even encouraging you, to get more Zzzs! Even if it’s just a 15-minute power nap, taking a break and disconnecting (no iPhones, tablets, etc.) is a great way to restore your energy and give you a boost for whatever the rest of your day holds.
Reach out for help. We can’t do it all. Part of letting go of stress is asking others for help when we need it. If you or someone you love is experiencing mobility issues, help may come in the form of a mobility aid, like a walker, power scooter, or wheelchair ramp. Having trouble convincing your loved one that a mobility aid would be helpful? We’ve got 5 tips for persuading them.
Here’s to a happy, healthy, and mobile 2014 from all of your friends at 101 Mobility!