ASK A TRAINER: How can I do cardio with mobility issues?

Hi Deanna!! My husband and I were told by our family doctor that we should do some cardio excercises??? I can’t stand without holding on to something, as I have mobility issues. I was just wondering if you have any suggestions for anything to get the heart rate up to 140bpm.  My husband could do a bit more than me, but I am kind of limited.
 
Thank you so much,
Laura
Dawson Creek, BC
 
Hi Laura, and thanks for the great question.
You will need some sort of machine that will not require you to worry about balance so you can focus on getting your heart rate up ( and not be concerned about injuries). Such cardio equipment as indoor exercise bikes, elliptical trainers, and treadmills could be used if you hold on to the grips and handrails. Another option would be to start swimming lengths at the local pool. Some gym and physiotherapy clinics are equipped with a special machine called a Bi-directional upper body ergo-meter, where you pedel with your arms.  I could also suggest doing upper body resistance training exercises combined with a nice yoga/stretching regime that could gently introduce your body to physical activity, with no equipment required! Ask your doctor to refer you to a Physical Therapist or Certified Fitness Consultant so that they can prescribe these exercises to you.

Deanna Harder

Fitness Leadership Diploma, CSEP-CPT (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology-Certified Personal Trainer), and Figure Competitor

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Deanna Harder is a college-certified, highly knowledgeable personal trainer, with over ten years of experience. In addition to running her own business in Edmonton, she has competed in four figure competitions, and is always stage ready. Fitness Leadership Diploma, CSEP-CPT (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology-Certified Personal Trainer)

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