Simple Exercise Tools for Amputees
Mobility saves lives and the more active we become and remain, the less chances we as amputees have at developing seconda medical issues. Staying active doesn’t have to mean working out at the gym 7 days a week, though. There are some simple exercises you can do right in the comfort of your own home with just a few simple items. Here are a few quick ones that are great and easy to use.
Therapy Bands – You know, the ones they use in physical therapy? Yeah, those! Get you some. They are great for a wide variety of stretching exercises and can be used sitting or standing. They typically come in 3 strengths - start with the light and work your way up to the medium and strong as you feel comfortable.
Yoga Ball – Everyone loves a beach ball, right? How great then is one that you can actually sit on?! Okay, it's not really a beach ball, but it can be just as much fun! Whether you are a prosthetic user or not, sitting on a yoga ball can be great for developing core strength and helping you work on your posture and balance! Even if you are a bilateral lower limb amputee without prosthetics, you can sit on the ball and balance yourself by holding onto a piece of furniture with your arms! Building core strength makes it easier to be more mobile and active.
Hand weights – You don't have to buy yourself a weight bench and 500 b weights – unless that’s your thing – and if so, then go you!! I’m talking about the small 3-5 lb dumbbell or kettlebell ones that can be used from anywhere. Check out the ones that velcro or strap onto your wrists and ankles, too. These are awesome in strengthening your limbs. If you can find the ones with adjustable straps that will fit around your amputated limb, go for those. They’ll be a great way to keep the muscles on your amputated limb strong and lessen the chance of atrophy.
The most important part of any physical activity is to find something that you like and can implement into your daily lifestyle. Set aside a specific time each day and develop a routine that you enjoy and can manage. Set goals and reward yourself when you achieve them. If your workout is fun for you, you're much more likely to continue with it. Staying mobile is crucial for us amputees and can easily be achieved, regardless of your level of amputation.