You’ve probably seen me around town. I used to hobble with a crutch but now I can really get around with my rollator walker. A rollator is basically a walker with wheels. In fact, what I like most about mine is that it has the three basic requirements: wheels, brakes and a seat.
Let me explain. I’m Mac and this is my wife Sandy. I’m in my mid 50s and used to be quite active. I lifted weights and cross-trained with running. I pounded a lot of pavement and pumped a lot of iron in my 20s. I was never what you would consider ‘ripped’ or ‘cut’ but I was toned. I had tremendous stamina. I was like the Energizer Bunny…until my health turned on me a decade ago.
When I got sick I started gaining weight and eventually couldn’t do a lot of the things I used to enjoy. Following an extended stay in hospital, I learned to get around on crutches as I started to get my weight back under control. I had pain in my legs, back and feet which made any kind of walking difficult without the crutches.
Then one day I saw another patient with a bariatric walker. I started asking questions and once my physiotherapist approved it, I was getting one of my own. At first I had no idea how many different kinds of these walkers there were, but I did eventually settle on a three wheel rollator for myself. It made a world of difference to me. Not only was I able to get rid of the crutches, this rollator walker transport chair made me more independent.
The design encourages me to use proper posture when walking and with hand brakes it can help me stop in case I start moving too fast or find myself walking uncontrollably downhill. Plus, when I go shopping there is a basket I can use to transport some groceries. And, when I overdo it and need to take a break I can turn the rollator walker around and sit for a bit on the handy built-in cushioned seat.
I may not be running road races or hitting maximum reps in an incredible workout, but I can still keep up with most anyone I encounter in the neighborhood. I also appreciate how easy my rollator is to fold up and pack into my car for when I’m heading downtown or to the mall. I feel alive now that I can get around quickly and easily on my own. My doctor even says the time I have spent with my bariatric walker has not only helped me keep my weight in check, it has helped with controlling my blood pressure and improving my overall attitude.
There was a time I didn’t think I’d be able to move around much anymore which was pretty frightening, but thanks to correcting my diet and adding regular, gentle exercise by walking with my rollator walker transport chair, I am a whole different man. Sure, I’m still in my 50s but instead of feeling as if I was in my 70s or 80s I actually feel younger than my age and can finally move around like it!