There are many reasons why people start to lose their mobility. Sometimes it’s the consequence of a terrible accident and injury, others it’s the net result of years and years of minor mistakes, poor lifestyle choices and an understandable lack of knowledge about how best to retain their mobility. Of course, the health of the spine is the most important aspect of a person’s general mobility but lesser joints such as the knees, hips, ankles and even elbows and risks can severely compromise a person’s ability to stay mobile and life a full life if their movement is compromised.
Mobility is a huge factor in living what we might call a ‘normal life’. It affects our ability to live independently and can have a profound effect on your mental health and sense of self worth. Society has done a great job of adapting to assist those with mobility problems with various innovations from mobility scooters to ubiquitous access ramps. Nonetheless, it would be disingenuous to presume that mobility issues do not affect quality of life.
Here, we’ll look at some ways in which mobility affects your quality of life, and how you can make small changes every day to help your mobility.
The Power of Posture
If we’re honest with ourselves, few of us have perfect posture. Moreover, most people’s lifestyles are not conducive to good posture. Sitting for 8-10 hours a day at work before settling down on the sofa when we get home can be ruinous to our posture, as can leaning our heads forward to peer at a computer monitor. Day after day, year after year this can have a cumulative effect that can start to erode your posture over time. If you’re noticing back pain and stiffness after a day’s work, to the point where you need to take pain medication, something needs to change.
Check out this guide to ensuring that your posture is correct and optimal for good health.
Good posture can affect your health in more ways than compromising your body. It can exacerbate depression, result in digestive problems including chronic constipation, it can even increase your risk of serious diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
You’re never too old for exercise
Too many of us accept mobility issues as an inevitable consequence of growing older. The evidence is increasingly showing us that this is not the case. Since mobility is determined by the health and flexibility of joints, one can help to maintain one’s mobility by making sure that the muscles that support those joints stay strong and supple. While working out at the gym is a great way of facilitating this (provided, of course, that your technique is on point), an active lifestyle that includes 30-60 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, such as a brisk walk, can do the power of good.
Diet is everything
You are what you eat, and far too few of us consider the effect of our diet on mobility. Making positive changes to your diet can not only reduce joint pain and aid mobility, it can even help to reduce the effects of arthritis. Loading up on antioxidant rich green leafy vegetables can reduce inflammation around joints, and the evidence is increasingly showing that switching to a plant based diet can work wonders in managing arthritis and other mobility issues.