We all know walking is good for us:
- It improves your mood
- It helps to build strength and reduce the risk of falls
- It improves heart health and blood pressure
- It burns calories
Don’t let worries about strength and balance keep you from your walking goals – there are things that can help.
Deciding you need a mobility aid is a big step to take so it’s good to know what some of your options are. There are many mobility aids that can help you maintain your independence and walk with confidence.
If you’re looking for a little extra support, a walking stick is a great starting point. They’ve come a long way from the classic crook shape and now have lots of designs and styles to choose from. Whether a carved walking stick takes your fancy, or you want one that folds away, you should be able to find the right stick that suits your needs.
Which side should you use a walking stick on? It should always be used on your strongest side, the side opposite your bad leg, but move with your bad leg. If both legs are causing you problems, you may want to consider a different type of mobility aid.
Walking frames can offer more stability than a walking stick if your mobility isn’t quite what it used to be. These are one of the more traditional pieces of equipment people think of when looking into mobility aids.
Some walking frames also have wheels at the front to help you move around, with an option to attach a bag so you can carry things with you. This makes them a good choice to use at home or maybe in the garden.
When you’re out and about, walking to a friend’s house or to your local shop, a rollator can be an invaluable aid.
Part of the appeal of a rollator is the versatility of style and design, there are options with three wheels or four wheels, different accessories, frames, and a lot of colour options. Like the super lightweight Freestyle 3-Wheel Rollator which comes in three different colours: champagne, purple, and silver.
If you find walking tires you out, rollators can help here as well. Some designs offer a comfy seat so you can take a rest when you need to, like the Mobility Care Aluminium Rollator. Always handy if you need to wait somewhere.