Working out with Limitations

The residents in the Mesa RV parks at Palm Gardens have access to some fabulous amenities including two swimming pools and a fitness center. While many seniors may find themselves discouraged from exercising around the Arizona mobile homes due to physical limitations, there are many ways to work around physical set-backs that often affect seniors. Here are a few of them.


Arthritis is increasingly common among seniors, affecting the lives of more than 50 million adults in the U.S. according to the CDC. Joint paint can be a big hindrance when it comes to getting good physical exercise. However, working through the pain with gentle stretches and low impact weight training can help reduce pain in affected joints, increase flexibility, and protect the inflamed tissue.

Respiratory Diseases

Conditions like COPD and asthma often encourage a sedentary lifestyle among the people they affect. It may seem counter-intuitive to seek vigorous exercise when you know it will just send you into a coughing fit. Skipping out on exercise may seem like a smart way to protect your lungs and avoid an asthma attack, but it actually affects your heart and stunts muscle growth, which can lead to more shortness of breath. Swimming and water aerobics are a great choice for people with respiratory diseases.

Sciatica from a Bulging Disc

A herniated or bulging disc can be enough pain to make you run away from exercise forever! In spite of this there are a number of exercises that, if performed correctly, can alleviate the pain and discomfort that come from a bulging disc. Exercises like gentle yoga or stretches designed to target the exact vertebrae that are affected can reduce tingling and numbness and improve mobility.


Women and men with porous bone disease and those who are at risk have a higher risk of bone fractures which means they need to take extra care when exercising. Postmenopausal women are at a significantly higher risk of osteoporosis than man. Depending on the severity of an their cases, they may consider taking extra measures, like walking with a cane or wearing shoes with extra tractions to prevent falling. Taking these measure while engaging in regular physical exercise can help with improving muscle strength and balance, thus further reducing the risk of falling.

Heart Disease

According to the American Heart Association, 1 in 3 Americans have 1 or more types of cardiovascular disease, nearly half of whom are over the age of 60. Cardiovascular exercises like walking, biking, jump roping or jogging are the healthiest and most effective for preventing cardiovascular diseases. For those who do have heart disease, it is crucial to warm up before a workout and warm down after.  Monitor your heart rate and make sure that you are where you want to be.